Winter Grooming Tips for Long-Haired Dogs

Winter Grooming Tips for Long-Haired Dogs

Winter is just around the corner. But are your dogs prepared to embrace the cold?

While it’s common to think that your furry pal’s coat is enough for them to stay comfortable in the winter, other dog breeds have more difficulty in adjusting to low temperatures. Dealing with a dog during winter time can be sometimes messy, especially if it’s long-haired. Be sure to prepare the appropriate gear and adjust your grooming routines. Here are a few winter tips for grooming hairy dogs.

1. Protect those furry paws.

As explained in a past article here on DogPerDay, your dog needs to wear boots before going out into the snow. This is because winter conditions increase the risk of your dog’s paws in terms of developing dryness, frostbite, and cracking. If your pooch has particularly hairy paws, the fur may collect snow as well. The purpose of the boots is mainly to keep the dog comfortable while out in the snow. They also help it tread on ice.

Keep in mind that your canine buddy may need time to adjust to the shoes. Let it walk around the house for a while until its legs are able to move naturally.

2. Brush your dog regularly.

The last thing your dog wants in the middle of winter is a full body shave due to clumps of matted fur. So be sure to brush down excess fur from time to time. Shelley Williams suggests on Animal Behavior College that keeping the coat in a breathable condition allows it to properly insulate the dog. Matted fur creates gaps in the coat, letting more cold air get to the dog’s body. To avoid this, a daily brushing session is recommended. Although, a weekly routine works fine, too.

3. Get your pooch a new haircut. Winter Grooming Tips for Long-Haired Dogs

Most owners are hesitant to give their dogs a haircut in the winter, because the fur is supposed to keep them warm. While that may be true, you should also consider the fact that the pup would normally spend most of its time indoors. This means giving it a winter haircut isn’t entirely a terrible idea, particularly since long coats can get clumped like mentioned in the previous tip.

Do note, however, to take time in choosing the best groomer for the job. A groomer that handles your neighbor’s dog perfectly may not necessarily be able to do the same for your pooch. A blog post by Go Fetch shares several tips on choosing the right dog groomer. The first step is to ask around, get input from friends and family, and create a list of potential options. Call each one or visit their clinics prior to the grooming session. The latter is ideal so you can already gauge their handiwork by observing the other customers.

4. Give your furry pal warm baths.

Since the dog will be staying indoors most of the season, its odor might fill up the place. To keep the smell at a minimum, give your dog a nice, warm bath. There’s no need to worry, as there is no harm in giving it a bath during winter. However, the Petcha blog warns that you should never let a wet dog step on snow because it will only worsen the dog’s body temperature.

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Aras the Afghan Shepherd, Labrador Mix

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Aras the Afghan Shepherd, Labrador Mix

Aras the Afghan Shepherd, Labrador Mix

Aras the Afghan Shepherd, Labrador Mix

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Panda the Border Collie, Terrier Mix

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Willow the Border Collie, Terrier Mix

Willow the Border Collie, Terrier Mix

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Pink the Labrador Mix

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Arnold the Australian Cattle Dog Mix

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Arnold the Australian Cattle Dog Mix

Arnold the Australian Cattle Dog Mix

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5 Practical Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy This Winter

5 Practical Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy This Winter

By Lucy Wyndham

Winter is almost here, and 78 million dog owners in the US will be trying to keep their pets warm and comfortable during the upcoming chillymonths. While some dogs may prefer to stay indoors curled up in front of the fire, some pets—especially those who have boundless energy—will be heading outdoors to play in the snow. Though a bit of winter playtime is important to keep your dog happy, keep in mind that just like humans, pets are susceptible to winter ailments such as the common cold, frostbite, and hypothermia. To keep your dog healthy this winter, it’s imperative to keep them as warm and dry as possible whether indoors and outdoors. Dog owners also need to look after their pet’s nutrition and keep them away from common chemicals that are often used during the cold months.

Here are 5 smart ways to keep your dog healthy and happy this winter.

Protect your dog’s paws

One of the first things that you have to do before taking your dog out in snowy conditions is to protect your pet’s paws. Clip the hairs around your dog’s toes to prevent ice or snow from getting lodged between them, and make your dog wear booties before heading outdoors. Choose boots made of materials that will keep water out, but make sure that the boots are breathable for comfort. You can also make homemade dog shoes by purchasing the appropriate materials and tracing your dog’s feet on paper so you’ll know how big the boots should be.

Bring a towel during long walksDog in the Fall

Your dog’s paws, legs, and tummy will surely be in constant contact with the snow when you’re walking your dog outdoors, so make sure to bring a dry towel to wipe him down. After your walk, get another towel, moisten it with some warm water, and use it to carefully wipe down your dog’s paws, legs, and tummy to get rid of ice, salt, and chemicals such as antifreeze which can be harmful to your dog’s health.

Feed your dog

Your pet needs food to burn calories which will help to keep him warm during the winter, so feed him more often than usual if he’s active but no more than the usual amount if he spends his days dozing in his dog bed. If your dog lacks appetite, try warming his food and serving him some rich, warm stews. According to the American Kennel Club, warming dog food to 93-104 degrees increases palatability. Make sure to stir the food thoroughly before serving to get rid of any hot spots in your dog’s food.

Keep his bed warm

Place your dog’s bed in the warmest spot in your home so your pet can be warm and comfortable while he sleeps. Provide a cozy blanket so your dog can burrow to his heart’s content. If your pet’s bed needs an upgrade, consider making a new dog bed using an old tire, some paint, and a soft cushion. It’s an easy DIY project that can help to keep your dog happy this winter.

Let your dog wear a sweater

Your dog may have a thick coat of fur, but it may not be enough to keep your dog warm this winter. Have several dog sweaters and coats on hand for your pet to wear outdoors and indoors. If you find that some canine apparel is too expensive, you can recycle old wool sweaters or make a dog sweater from scratch if you know how to knit.

Your dog deserves some extra love and care during the cold months. Follow these tips to keep your pet healthy and happy this winter. If you suspect that your dog is ill or is showing signs of hypothermia, flu, or frostbite, consult your vet immediately.

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Zeb the football…

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Zeke the Yorkshire Terrier

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Mahina the Coonhound Mix

Mahina the Coonhound Mix

Mahina the Coonhound Mix

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Fox the Australian Shepherd

Fox the Australian Shepherd

Fox the Australian Shepherd

Fox the Australian Shepherd

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