As the chill of winter sets in, it’s important to ensure the well-being of our pups! Dogs, like humans, may need some extra care and attention during this season to stay warm, dry, and safe. Whether your dog is young, old, or somewhere in between, these top tips will help you keep them cosy and comfortable throughout the colder months.
Mind the Cold: Dogs with thin coats, short hair, or low body fat percentages are more susceptible to the cold. Consider investing in a winter coat or sweater designed for dogs to provide an extra layer of insulation. However, remember that not all dogs will tolerate wearing clothing, so observe your pup’s comfort and adjust accordingly. If you are going to opt for clothing, remember to regularly brush your dog’s hair, as wearing these jumpers and jackets can tangle the fur if not properly monitored.
Warm and Comfy Bedding: Provide your dog with a warm and snug bed that is raised off the cold floor. Choose a bed made with insulating materials to help retain their body heat. Adding extra blankets or a heated bed pad can offer additional warmth, particularly for older dogs or those with arthritis.
Limit Outdoor Exposure: During extreme weather conditions, it’s best to limit your dog’s time outside, especially if it’s very cold, windy, or wet. Shorten walks if necessary and choose the warmest parts of the day for outdoor activities.
Create a Cosy Space: Designate a warm and sheltered area inside your home where your dog can retreat from the cold. Provide blankets or a crate with a blanket draped over it to create a cosy den-like atmosphere. This space will provide a sense of security and help your dog regulate their body temperature.
Nutrition and Hydration: Adequate nutrition is essential for your dog’s overall health and to maintain their body temperature. Talk to your veterinarian about their specific dietary needs during the winter months and ensure they have access to fresh water at all times.
Indoor Exercise and Mental Stimulation: On days when outdoor activities are limited, engage your dog in indoor exercises and mental stimulation games. Play hide-and-seek, practice basic obedience commands, or provide puzzle toys and treat-dispensing toys to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. See our article about exercising your pup in winter here.
Regular Veterinary Check-ups: Schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian to ensure your dog’s health and well-being during winter. Older dogs or those with pre-existing conditions may require extra attention. Discuss any concerns or changes in behaviour with your vet to address them promptly. Find our article on the importance of these regular vet check-ups here.
By implementing these tips, you can help your pup navigate the winter season comfortably and safely. Remember, each dog is unique, so adapt these suggestions to suit their individual
needs and preferences. With your love and care, you can ensure their winter experience is filled with warmth, comfort, and happiness.
Here at Paddington Pups, we ensure the temperature inside our daycare is warm enough to keep the older and quieter, less-active dogs warm, while allowing those who wish to run and play to do so without overheating. If your pup regularly wears a jumper in the cooler months, they are more than welcome to wear it into daycare – we will be sure to monitor their activity and take it off if we feel they no longer need it. However, if you do ask that we keep your pups jumper on until they no longer need it, please understand that there is a chance it may get slightly dirty from playing with other pups!