Walking in hail can be painful on the dogs feet, body and head. Some dogs find the noise and sensation quite frightening, especially if hail is accompanied by thunder and lightning. While hail is generally short-lived, this might result in delaying the start, or cutting short the duration of the walk.
Apart from being quite cold for your dog, snowballs into the dogs fur, particularly around the stomach, chest and paw area. Snow clumping in their pads can be very painful for a dog, and in the coat can pull and cause discomfort.
By its nature, black ice can be hard to spot. Areas suffering from black ice are incredibly slippery, making the walk very dangerous. A person slipping with a dog on a lead could result in the dog being pulled over or fallen onto by the person. Black ice impedes travelling and sometimes even getting to your home can be too risky, so again, we may need to cancel a walk in this circumstance.
One of the most significant risks of walking in high winds is flying and falling debris. Ordinary household items like recycling bins, roof tiles, etc., can all become missiles that could hit your dog. Falling trees and branches are also a risk. Small dogs often struggle to stay on their feet during very high wind, so an exercise session in the garden under close supervision, to ensure no accidents happen, could be the safest option during periods of extremely windy weather.
We do our best to ensure that your dog is walked regardless of the weather.
There are times during the winter, especially when it is dangerous, unsafe and irresponsible to venture out.
We reserve the right to cancel or shorten walks accordingly.
If possible, we would provide your dog access to them garden.
We will of course, keep you informed at all times.
No evidence of heat stroke risk - we can safely enjoy our walks.
Risk rating 1/10
Generally safe to exercise dogs at all times of day, although we will keep a close eye on large, obese and flat-faced breeds.
Risk rating 4/10
We start to plan our walks for more shaded areas and not to rigorous exercise as dogs with breathing difficulties, suffering from an underlying condition or obese can start to be at risk at these temperatures.
Risk rating 6/10
We will do all walks in shaded woodland areas and away from paving as much as possible as large, obese, flat-faced and young dogs will find these temperatures very uncomfortable.
Risk rating 8/10
We will implement offering alternatives to our usual walks such as early morning walks, garden play with paddling pools, iced doggy treats and other forms of stimulation such as brain games.
Risk rating 9/10
We will implement alternatives to our usual walks such as early morning walks which would be slightly shorter in time and potentially individual rather than group walks allowing us to accommodate all commitments, garden play (either your garden or ours), water play, iced doggy treats and other forms of stimulation such as brain games.
Risk rating 10/10
We are very aware of the risk of our beloved pooches getting heat stroke especially as we tend to walk at the hottest time of the day, we have put in place a protocol to follow when we experience high temperatures.
We will always advise all owners of the change in routine and discuss your concerns and needs.
For added protection we have cooling mats in our vehicles and cooling bandanas which we put on the dogs in our care along with plenty of fresh water.
Please remember your dog will not hold it against you for missing a walk, as long as he/she still has some form of stimulation and attention they will be happy.