Top tips to keep your dog warm in Winter (without wrapping her up with a big blanket)
Just like us, our dogs in winter need to keep warm to stay in top shape throughout the colder months. As the temperature drops, look after your pooch with our top tips to keep your dog warm in Winter.
Keep your dog warm in winter outside
- If you have a puppy or a short hair breed dog, consider getting a coat or sweater to cover their back and underside when you go for a walk outside. Vetmedicine says certain breeds such as Huskies and Samoyeds are better suited to very cold weather, but the majority of dogs and need your help and intervention.
- For outdoor dogs set up a suitable house in an area protected from wind, rain, and snow. Insulation, such as deep straw bedding will help keep in body heat.
- Look for heated beds to gently warm your dog warm when she is outside.
Keep your dog warm in winter inside
Heated pet beds provide gentle heat and warmth to fight off cool weather cold and chills. Some beds even utilize your dog’s own body heat to reflect the warmth they crave. Heated dog pads and beds are ideal for cooler months, small breed dogs, or for older, ailing pets that need a little extra warmth. If you don’t want to use electricity, there are energy-saving thermal dog bed keeps your pet warm without wires or batteries. Your dog may even love their heated pad or bed so much they’ll stop jumping on to the lounge!
- Pets prefer comfortable sleeping places and may change their location based on their need for more or less warmth. Give dogs in winter some safe options to allow them to vary their sleeping place to adjust to their needs
Get active outside and keep your dog warm
According to the Humane Society, the happiest dogs in winter are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time.
- And, if your dog begins to shiver when you’re out for a walk, bring it inside immediately.
- Winter can be a great time for your dog to learn dog sports like agility, Rally-O, Flyball and many other sports. Dog sledding is the obvious sport for Huskies and Samoyeds.
Get active inside and mentally stimulated
- Play games together inside such as hide and seek using dog treats – start by keeping your dog in one room while you hide treats in another. Then let him loose to find all the hidden treats. Make the dog treats fairly obvious to find in the beginning so he understands the game, and then work up to more elaborate hiding places. Other games you can play with your dog inside are fetch and tug-of-war.
- Your dog is never too old (unless incapacitated) to do a few minutes of dog training using positive reinforcement methods. Teach your dog to learn a few tricks like shake and roll-over.
- Keep dogs that are young, old or on medication indoors as much as possible, because they are more vulnerable to the cold.
- Dogs with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets.
- If you need help determining your pet’s temperature limits, consult your veterinarian.
More tips on how to care for your dog in Winter.