Ode to Wisconsin Dog Walkers

You’re a tough breed, oh mighty one.

Through sub-zero temperatures and treacherous winds,

Atop black ice and biting rock salt,

Amongst melting slush,

With hands red and raw,

A leaking nose and frozen toes,

You stay the course

Even through a cough so hoarse.


Venturing out into the whippering winds and blowing ice to give your favorite furry friend(s) some exercise this winter? Here are our top five toasty tips to stay warm from head to toe while walking your dog this winter.

Wool hat and/or wind-blocking ear protection. Keeping your ears warm and dry makes all the difference.

Layering is key and an effective program starts with a moisture-wicking wool baselayer. (Stay away from moisture absorbing cotton!) Depending on the weather conditions, also consider a down or water resistant layer, as well. Again, depending on the weather conditions, you’ll want a down, wind-resistant or water resistant outerwear piece.

Hypothermia usually begins in extremities like our hands and feet, making it essential for a lengthy walk. Hand protection ranges widely, so make sure you’ve got well insulated mitts or gloves. For added warmth on those longer hikes, consider bringing heat pack for each hand.

Footwear. Your everyday trainer isn’t going to cut it for a quick jaunt around the block let alone a meandering trek through the woods. Warm, insulated boots with a solid, gripping sole is best. If you anticipate ice and/or fresh snow, add some traction with spike products like Yaktrax or Snowline.

BONUS: The reality is, we live in a state where many of us consider it ‘cold’ for at least six months out of the year. Embrace low temperatures! Having the right attitude makes all difference. Invest in quality products that will ensure your comfort in any condition so you can truly enjoy the great outdoors!

If you’re hoping to find ways to stay warm throughout the cooler seasons, stop into Yellow Wood for great conversation with one of our gear experts.

Meghan MartinYellow Wood