If your teeth are chattering, your cheeks are rosy, and your nose has started running, just imagine how your puppy is feeling! Your fellow dog lovers at Top Dog have a few helpful tips to keep your companions safe and warm this winter:
Take shorter walks. Seems simple enough. While your doggies will need to go outside to relieve themselves and get some of their energy out, there is no reason to keep them outside longer than necessary. Get out, take care of business, go back in!
Bundle those cuties up. Dog clothing, while adorable, was actually made to serve a purpose. Although your pup was graced with a beautiful fur coat, keep in mind that may not be enough to protect him from the cold weather. Pick up a doggie sweater to keep them warm in style.
Check their paws. They should be wiped down and cleaned of sidewalk salt! Often, dogs will lick their paws after a winter walk, and who knows what has been put on the ground. Clean their feet and keep them dry to avoid anything being ingested that shouldn’t be.
Trim foot fuzz. While you are checking out their feet, be sure to trim excess foot fuzz. Snow has a tendency to gather into little snow balls between puppy toes and grooming their feet will help avoid this.
Buy them some booties! The easiest way to avoid cold feet, cracked feet, chemical feet, or any kind of doggie feet you don’t want is to buy them little shoes. Again, so cute, but they serve a very real purpose!
Put a collar with their home address on it. Sadly, winter is a time where dogs frequently get lost. Because the snow covers most of the familiar smells, they find themselves unable to find home. If your pup is a wanderer, make sure his collar says where he lives, just in case.
While it is recommended to bring your fur baby inside during the colder months, here are some vital tips for winter-proofing their outside home:
Their bedding should be a thick pad with a washable cover containing cedar chips or newspaper.
The opening of the dog house should be off center. This allows them to cozy up in a corner instead of being on full display for the wind.
The dog shelter should be raised above the ground. This helps to prevent moisture run off and dampness.
The house should be three inches higher than the tallest part of your pup when they sit down.
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