Getting your Dog Winter Ready
The chilly months are upon us and now is the time to prepare your pooch for winter. With a little bit of preparation, you can be sure your dog will have a cosy winter with no issues.
Grooming your dog
Most dogs need regular grooming sessions
. If this has been an area you have neglected - get started! Dogs especially benefit from being brushed. This keeps their coat healthy and enables their fur to grow. In winter, many dogs will rely on their coats to keep them warm. During the cooler months you may need to change your dog’s washing routine. Ideally, they should be bathed indoors. Use warm water and you can dry them with a hairdryer (if they are comfortable with that).
Get your home winter ready
Depending on where you live, you most likely need to bring your pets indoors during the winter. Dogs feel the cold just like we do! If your dog isn’t usually an indoor pet, you can make a new space for them. Try converting part of the laundry or a spare room for your dog. Make sure it’s draught-proof and has soft, warm bedding available. Certain breeds (especially short-coats) may need additional covering such as a dog jumper or coat.
Exercise and play
Dogs need exercise and engagement all year round. We all find it a little bit harder to get outdoors and exercise during the winter but ignoring it isn’t a solution. If it’s too hard to go outdoors during the winter months, find ways to play
and exercise indoors. You can create games inside or even walk around your home with your dog. Otherwise, make sure you get outside for regular walks. You can use dog coats if required and boots if where you live is especially cool.
Finally, take notice of the warmest parts of the day during winter. You may find there are still times when the sun is out and it’s not too cold. Take advantage of these times and get some fresh air with your pup.