We’re right at the start of the winter season, so whatbetter time to start learning how to protect your dog and keep them safe in thecold. Whether you’re taking them for a walk, playing outside, or just lettingthem out back to do their thing, your dog needs special care once the freezingtemperatures and snow come. Here’s some things to keep in mind while we waitfor spring.Equip Them with The ProperWinter Wear: When going outside with your dog, consider the winter clothingthey may need. Pets with long, thick coats may not require a jacket, but shorthaired types could appreciate one to help stay warm, as their fur isn’tdesigned for insulation. A dog jacket should go from collar to tail, and coverthe belly as well. Another piece of winter equipment for your dog is boots.
Some dogs adapt to wearing them much better than others, and some never getused to the idea. The purpose of the boot is to protect their paws from snow,ice, and other environmental hazards. A buildup of snow and ice can cause your dogto limp and become uncomfortable on your walk, and salt and de-icing chemicalscan irritate and burn their paws. Most de-icing products, unless specificallymarked as pet friendly, are also hazardous or toxic to animals, so be sure toclean off your dog’s paws when coming back inside.
Boots are also beneficial forkeeping the slush and salt mess outside and not on your floors. Clean, Dry, andMoisturized: Keeping your dog well bathed during the winter is as importantas in the summer. A clean, well taken care of coat provides much better heatretention and insulation than an unkempt and dirty one. Make sure that after abath, your dog is completely dry before going outside so they stay warm. Just like the cold and dry weather affects our skin, it can causeflaking and dryness for your dog as well. This can include cracks in the pawpads from exposure to the harsh conditions. You may want to consider adding asupplement to their food if you notice anything out of the ordinary to helpmaintain the health of their skin or coat.
If you discover any particulardryness or cracking on extremities such as the ears, tail or paws, coconut oilcan be safely applied as necessary. Keep TheirEnvironment Safe: Wherever your dog is playing, you want to make sure thatthey are safe. At home, this can include watching for any spills on thedriveway or in the garage, particularly of antifreeze. Antifreeze has a sweettaste to animals, and they often try to drink it. Just a small amount can befatal, so be sure to keep your dog away from areas they can be exposed to it.In outdoor areas, keep them on a leash, or close to you.
They can easily run intoan unsafe area, including snow-covered rivers or ponds that may not be completelyfrozen.Make Your YardComfortable: You likely put your dog outside in the yard more often thanyou bring them for a walk. Your yard should be a safe place for them to playand take care of business. You can help by shoveling out a path and an area ofthe yard to assist them with getting through the snow.
Avoid piling snowagainst fences, as it can be tempting for your dog to climb up and over. If atall possible, clean off your roof as snow and ice gathers, as it can fall off ona sunny day or if the temperature rises, potentially injuring your dog.Bring Them Inside: Agood rule to follow is if it’s too cold for you to be outside, it’s probablytoo cold for your dog as well. Take breaks when you’re outside with them to getwarm and rehydrated, and when the time comes that you’re ready to return indoors,it’s likely your dog will be too.Home TrainingWith the cold weather only beginning and likely to get worse,there’s no better time to schedule an In-HomeConsultation. Available for scheduling any day between 9 A.
M. and 7 P.M.,these sessions help to determine what training your dog needs by evaluatingthem in their natural habitat as opposed to taking them to a new environmentwhere they may not behave the same way. Providing an opportunity to discusschallenges you’re facing with your dog and ask any questions you may have, aconsultation session is an excellent way to get started on the path to a betterbehaved pet.To schedule a consultation, or to learn more about whatother training services we offer, call the professionals from Alpha Paws at 1-877-868-5248(PAWS) today.