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.
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.
We adopted Aras from Baku, Azerbaijan when he was three months old. He was brought with his siblings to the Sean Casey Animal Rescue non kill shelter in Brooklyn, New York. From day one he was just so sad and shy, but once we showed him much love and affection his personality really opened up. Now he’s a good boy with a comfy, happy life! Submitted by Gene K.
We welcomed two new pups to our shelter a couple of days ago. They are brother and sister, about four to five months old. Panda, pictured above, is going to be a big guy. Willow is half his size, shy and very sweet (scroll down to see her). Both are great with other dogs. Both are very loving pups. We think they are Border Collie and Terrier mixes. Submitted by Petaluma Pet Pals.
Here is Willow with her white socks…
Pink is a very happy, friendly girl. She loves people, toys, treats, and balls. But what she really, really loves is to run and play. Submitted by the Humane Society of Morgan County Georgia.
This is Arnold, a new arrival at our shelter. He is about eleven weeks old. He will need to go home with another confident dog that enjoys playing. Arnold can be shy at first, but once he warms up, he is a very playful puppy, especially when another dog is around. Australian Cattle Dogs — also known as Blue Heelers, Queensland Heelers, or Halls Heelers — need to be active and busy. They are highly devoted to their owners and often choose one person that they attach themselves to, and they do not want to be separated. Submitted by the Humane Society Silicon Valley.