It's only March and not really breakup yet, but the dog-walking conditions are bleak: Dangerous ice for handler and dogs, puddles everywhere, crunchy snow. ... And the worst: Dog turds popping out of the snow like springtime flowers in hell.
The only "tip" I have is footwear for the handler. Wear ice-grippers. If not, one surprise tug from an overenthusiastic pooch and you're on your fanny. Soon, as the puddles deepen, rubber boots will be beneficial to wade through the slush.
For the dogs, rjralaska suggests no booties on ice. They need their claws to grip. Then again, there's an oily sheen on the road and salt in areas that make for a toxic mix for paws. I clean them with a baby wipe, but is that enough? Probably not.
I see no answer to the dog turd problem. Even if you decide to clean them up for irresponsible owners, you need a chisel to release them from the icy grip of the snow. I try to pick up a couple extra a day -- the, uh "easy ones" -- and will wait until Scoop the Poop day to pursue the rest.
Any other tips for tolerable dog walks this time of year? How about a good waterproof bootie for when the glare ice disappears?