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Your Dog And The Cold Weather
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Your Dog And the Cold Weather

Here it is, winter time up north in December and it is getting pretty cold outside. They say it could get below zero tonight. And then you add in the wind chill, it could get down to 10 to 15 below zero. You are thinking that, that is pretty darn cold outside.

I need to take Bailey ( my dog ) out so he can do his thing. I will put a heavy coat and mittens on with a stocking cap to keep my head warm. But what do I do to keep Bailey warm.

If it is just very cold without any snow on the ground, you would be allright to take him out just as he is. But if there is snow on the ground, then there are a few things you can do to keep him warm. You could put some booties on his feet. They would protect his feet from the cold snow and ice. The booties would also keep the snow from sticking to the inside of there toes. If you have a long hair dog, be sure to keep the hair between the toes as short as possible. The inside part of their toes is very tender and gets very cold very fast. So if you see a dog hooping around on three legs in the winter time, it is because their paw is to cold to stand on because it hurts to much.

Another thing you could do to keep your dog warm on a cold winter day is to put a jacket on him. A few things you will want to take into consituation, does your dog have thick heavy hair or is it short and thin. If it is thick and heavy, you will want to put a thin jacket on him. If it is short and thin, you will want a heavier jacket. Just keep in mind, you do not want your dog to over heat. You just want to keep him warm, not hot.

The above mentioned ideas are if you are just taking him out to do his busness. If you are going to take him out and run or some other activities where they can run loose, then you would probably not need a jacket. If you where to do some dog shedding, snow shoeing or snowboarding, I would put the booties on just to be on the save side.

Winter time with snow can be fun. Take your dog somewhere they can run and have fun. They'll have a lot of fun simply running and rolling in the snow. You do not need for them to get cold feet or a cold body. So pick up a set of booties and a jacket for the next time you go outside in the bitter cold. You might say "BRRRR", but your dog will say " it is nice out here".


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