101 Dog Care Tips - Tip 147: Keeping Your Canine Companion Warm This Winter
At Best Bully Sticks, we believe snuggling up with a dog on a frigid winter night is one of the greatest joys in life. However, during the winter months your dog might need a little extra warmth. Shivering, curling up into a tight ball, or getting closer to heat sources are a few signs Fido is cold. Here are a few tips to help your dog stay nice and cozy this winter.
More Dreaming, Less Shivering: Keeping Your Dog Toasty Through the Night.
One thing to keep in mind is the placement of their bed, so make sure it’s out of the way of drafty windows or doorways. As owner's we wear socks in the winter to keep our feet off the cold floor, but the floor being where you pup sleeps, he might need a little extra padding as well. So if your dog's bed is thin, provide an extra bottom layer by placing a towel or blanket underneath. Also, some dogs like to burrow into blankets and by giving them an extra blanket on top of their bed, they’ll be able to stay warm through the night.
A Home of My Own: Winter for Outside Dogs.
If your dog is outside in the winter months, make sure they have good shelter and can stay out of wind and precipitation. The shelter needs to be sturdy, with no possible areas for leaks. A good bed of fresh straw or cedar chips make good bedding. If it ever becomes exceptionally cold for prolonged periods of time, bring your dog in for added warmth.
An Extra Layer of Fur: Dog Sweaters & Jackets.
Whether your dog is out for a walk or needs a little warming up around the house, a sweater is the right answer. Bundling up your dog is just as important as bundling up yourself during the winter months. A good knit weave is a favorite option among dog owners but if you live in a snowy climate, a nylon material will keep the moisture at bay. If winter brings ice your way, all-weather doggie booties, like Rubber Dog Boots, will keep your pup's paws warm. Even something as simple as Mushers Secret Paw Protection will help protect your dog's paws and pads on the harshest winter day.
A Little Can Go A Long Way: Feeding Your Dog A Bit More.
Dogs burn extra calories throughout the winter to maintain warmth. By feeding your dog a little extra, they keep warmer easier. A little bit means a little bit. You don’t want to overfeed your dog. As always, keep your dog’s water bowl filled up too. They always need a good amount of water each day.