Preparing your Dog for Cold Weather

Yep, it is that time of year again. The leaves are either a beautiful shade of color, or have fallen from the trees already. This of course signals that colder weather is about to set in. And unless you live in one of the few parts of the country that gets to enjoy 60-70 degree weather December through February, now is the time to get ready. Since this site is mainly about Terriers, it is assumed that most of you dog owners, (that own Terriers) keep them indoors. For those that don’t, there are extra precautions you need to take.

If you let your dog sleep outside, there are a couple of ways to ensure that they stay warm at night. The more expensive way is to invest in a heated dog house. The more convenient option though is to make a place for them in the garage and keep a portable heater handy. Making sure that their water doesn’t freeze is critical, and both options should take care of that. It is not uncommon to let some long haired dogs sleep outdoors as many can take colder weather better than other breeds including Huskies, Newfoundlands and others.

Other than that, it comes down (for most Terrier owners) to walking them and enduring the weather. Fortunately, there are a wide number of places that sell doggy coats. Not only are many of them warm, but look for ones that are water resistant as well. Also, though your dog may initially hate it, a set of doggy boots is helpful to keep their pads from getting too cold. It is indeed funny to watch them the first few times they do “the dance” when you put them on. I can testify from experience that when the temperature drops below 20 degrees or so, our dog hates to walk on the cold cement as evidenced by the way he reacts to it.

Having an indoor dog eliminates most cold weather issues, but getting some quality gear ahead of time is a good idea. You don’t want to wait until it is too late and make your dog suffer when having to take a walk in the bitter cold to go potty.

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