Winter Advice for Dog Owners

November 04, 2013

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As the proud owner of a cute little Jack Russell Terrier, I thought it may be appropriate to share with you some winter advice for keeping your dog safe and cosy during the winter. Many people believe that because dogs evolved from wolves that lived in the wild they have all the tools they need for combating cold weather. However, lots of dog breeds also suffer from the chill of winter and they don't enjoy it, much like us. Yes, many breeds grow in a winter coat and their paws toughen to be able to withstand the cold but they still need a little help from us.

Here are my top five tips to keep your little pooch cosy this winter.

1. To me this seems like an obvious one; don't leave your dog unattended outside, especially in temperatures lower than zero. Due to the fact that most dogs live indoors, being outside in the freezing cold can be a terrible shock to their system. Don't let your dog out into the garden and shut the door. You might forget the poor mite is out there in the cold.

2. Make sure your dog's bed is in a draft free area. I keep my dog's crate in the corner of the room with a blanket over it as well as one inside for extra warmth and comfort. Keeping your house at a reasonable temperature is also advisable not just for you but your dog too.

Asleep in her pyjamas

3. For some breeds, particularly small or short haired ones, jumpers or jackets are hugely beneficial. Small breeds are less equipped to deal with low temperatures and will shiver in the cold. Don't feel silly for buying jacket for your dog. If it keeps them warm and healthy then it is completely worth it. I'm actually looking for a reasonably priced jacket for this winter so if anyone could suggest one that would be grand.

4. If your dog walks on gritted or salted pavements (which it should to keep their nails short) make sure to wash their paws after a walk.  The salt can be very irritating to the pads of the paw and can cause discomfort to your dog. Giving them a little rub clean or dipping their paws in warm water once they are home can get rid of the salt and alleviate any discomfort.

5. Make sure to keep the fur between the pads of the paw trimmed. In cold weather and snow, sometimes iceballs can form which can be very painful for your dog to walk on as it can feel like walking on small stones. Keeping the fur trimmed around their paws should help to minimise this from happening.

So there you have it; my tips for keeping your dog cosy during the winter months. Do you have any other suggestions?

Until next time!

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  1. Awww your dog is so cute! I have a Pomeranian/Jack Russell and she hates wearing jumpers! She always tries to get them off haha! x

    1. Cute! My little JTR loves getting her pjs and jumpers on. Raincoats and jackets for outside not so much!

      Debi x

  2. Love the picture of her asleep in her PJs! I use my dog getting cold as an excuse for lots of cuddling although this is normally followed by her becoming obsessed with said cuddler and wanting them to play with her for hours on end! Still love dogs!


    1. Haha. The weather getting colder is a great excuse for getting more cuddles. My dog doesn't like cuddles in the summer because she gets to hot so I'm loving all her snuggles right now!

      Debi x

  3. What a cute puppy you have and those tips sound spot on! We hope to get a dog once we move into a house, not sure what our kitties will think of that though!

  4. Aww thanks. Do you know what breed you'd like? I'd have more Jack Russells but she doesn't seem to get on with other dogs too well (typical terrier) except from my family's puppies.

    Debi x


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