No matter what the weather, your pets probably enjoy having a romp outside – and that includes during the winter! But as a pet owner, it’s important you know when they are too cold, and needs to get back inside. If you’re playing outside with your dog, make sure to take frequent indoor breaks for your dog to warm up and hydrate.

Signs that can indicate your dog is too cold

Shaking or shivering

Hunched posture with a tucked tail

Whining or barking

Change in behavior, like anxious or uncomfortable

Unwillingness to keep walking or tries to turn around

Seeks places for shelter

Lifts paw off the ground

Signs of hypothermia

If you suspect your dog is showing signs of hypothermia, wrap your dog in a blanket or coat, find a warm shelter, and contact your vet immediately. Signs to watch for include the following:



Muscle stiffness

Slow, shallow breathing

Lack of mental alertness

Fixed and dilated pupils

Stupor-like state

Loss of consciousness

Though it’s important to pay attention to these things, you shouldn’t wait to see the first signs of discomfort to call your walk quits. If you think it’s too cold for you, then it’s too cold for your pet. While continuing your dog’s exercise necessities during the winter is important, when conditions are especially cold, it’s a good idea to cut your walk short and supplement your pet’s exercise with some indoor activities for dogs.