Now that you’ve pulled your scarves and gloves out of the closet and blown the dust off your snow boots, it’s a little easier to admit it: winter is here, if not officially, then definitely in spirit. For the next four months, you and your dog will need to make adjustments to your outdoor routine in order to stay active and healthy. Here are a few tips to keep the whole family safe when out walking this season.

Protect those pads. It’s not just the cold you need to protect your pet’s perfect paws from, although that’s certainly important. The sidewalks and driveways you walk on may have been treated with salt or chemicals, which can damage your dog’s feet. Water-resistant booties are an affordable solution available at any pet store. Getting them home is easy; getting them on your pet isn’t always quite so simple. You will both likely require some patience getting used to them, but they are a great way to keep those paws clean. (If your dog flat out refuses to wear them, you can use a paw wax so they have at least some protection from the elements). As a bonus, they provide a little extra traction for your dog, which is a good thing because...

Ice hides everywhere. Sometimes it’s easy to tell when they’re ice ahead and you can avoid it or step extra carefully. But ice isn’t always clearly visible, even when it isn’t covered in snow, so if you’re uncertain, walk on the grass beside the road or sidewalk. Invest in a good pair of over-shoe cleats for yourself to prepare for harmful surfaces. Protecting yourself from a fall is just as important as protecting your dog when the goal is getting outdoor exercise and getting home safe!

Be mindful of the time. For some of us, the worst part of winter is that it means the sun goes down before we’re ready for it. After a long day of working, we want to reward ourselves and our faithful pets with a nice long walk, but it’s important to be aware of when it will become dark before you set off on an adventure. If you’re going out after dark, stick to well-lighted areas and wear reflective clothing. You may also purchase a reflective harness for your dog so that any oncoming traffic can see him as well as you. Carry a flashlight and consider buying clip-on leash lights for your dog to help keep both of you aware of what’s ahead and keep from getting lost. And remember, when the sun goes down, it tends to get colder, so keep those after-dark treks fairly short.

Imagine a pet fence system that Links to your smart phone. That monitors your pet’s behavior and sends you a notification if a setting needs to be changed. A setting you send to your dog’s collar with a quick click.

Now there’s Link™, an amazing breakthrough in pet fencing. With Link you’ll have access to real-time information at your fingertips. Information like letting you know the collar needs to be charged or prompting you to making an adjustment to the over 1000 available settings.

Link makes it all so easy. This breakthrough technology forever changes the peace-of-mind you get from your Pet Stop system, and its only available through participating Dealers like Hidden Boundaries.

For over a decade Pet Stop has been the leader in technology, providing more custom settings to individualize our products than any other manufacturer in the industry.

Ask us about Link and the ability to install now and be one of the first to receive a Link-enabled product!

Thank you so much for your interest in Hidden Boundaries and our "passion for pet safety."

Since 2000, Hidden Boundaries has been serving the needs of Grand Rapids' area pet owners. Indoors or outdoors, we are here to keep your pet safe and give you peace of mind.

Our locally owned business takes pride in premium customer service and in depth, customized installation packages and training.

There's more:

  • Want a full service package?
    • We offer multiple installed packages, warranties ranging from 1-year to Lifetime

  • Need some help installing?
    • We offer a la carte services

  • Got a previously-used fence system?
    • Hidden Boundaries; products are compatible with most other brands. And, we service and repair all brands of pet safety equipment.

  • On a budget?
    • We offer budget-friendly options for all pocketbooks and service levels.

We believe the harder you look, the more certain you will be, that our unique combination of premium Pet Stop products, GentleStep training and 15 years as a pet safety expert is the best answer for your pet. Hidden Boundaries is a local family business with a combined experience of 40 plus years.

Call today for your customized service estimate. We look forward to meeting you and your pet.

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Plexidor® Pet Doors are professionally engineered and manufactured from quality materials to be the very best: quiet, energy-efficient, completely secure, long-lasting and most importantly safe and easy for pets to use.
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Hidden Boundaries, LLC. and Grand Rapids Dog Fence provides direct manufacturer warranties only on Pet Stop® brand electronic fence products and is not affiliated with any pet containment manufacturer other than Pet Stop®. Ask us about our special trade in pricing for Invisible Fence® or these other brands of electric pet fence systems.

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PetSafe®, Innotek®, Smart Dog®, Invisible Fence® and Pet Guardian® and Radio Fence® are registered trademarks of Radio Systems Corp.
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