Some dog breeds tolerate cold weather well, while others would much rather be warming up under the blankets. No matter how your four-legged dog reacts to the dog days of winter, keep your pooch comfortable with these helpful tips.
1. Provide Warm Shelter
This sounds like common sense, but a warm dog bed on a cold floor makes a huge difference! Consider using a heated dog bed if it’s chilly in your home. If your pup loves hanging out in the backyard, provide them with the appropriate shelter. The shelter should have a sloped roof, insulation and a protected entranceway.
If there is snow or ice on the ground, do not let the dog off leash as they can become easily lost due to the loss of scent. Also, be mindful of puppies, elderly dogs or special needs pups who shouldn’t stay outside for too long.
2. Keep your Doggie Clean
Fido is bound to get a little dirt on his paws after strolling through the rain or snow! Before you start your walk, put Paw Wax or boots on your pup’s paws to protect from salt and chemicals.
Be sure to completely dry your pup after walks or baths. It’s especially important to wipe down paws and tummies after walks to remove any poison dangers such as antifreeze. Don’t forget about the paws!
Pet parents can prevent snow from collecting between Fido’s toes by trimming the hair around the paw pads.
3. Protective Clothing
We know it’s hard to resist that adorable pink snowman sweater for Fluffy, but clothing for canines is more than just a fashionable outfit. Doggie clothing can help all dogs keep warm, especially small dogs, short-haired dogs and elderly dogs.
Pups will feel cozy in a sweater, jacket or hat protecting against wind and rain (if waterproof).
4. Access to Water
If you have doggie bowls outside, you might need a heated water bowl. Purchase one of these outdoor bowls online or in retail stores and be at ease knowing your Guest pups will have access to fresh water.
Pups burn extra energy trying to stay warm in cold weather so make sure the Guest pups have access to water at all times in order to stay hydrated.
5. Play Indoors
When it’s too cold to play fetch outdoors, bring your pups inside and play some games! Canines love playing hide and seek, tug-o-war or just a good ol’ belly rub. Use this time to sneak in some doggie training and reward with treats.