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Keeping your dog warm in winter

Sunday, October 3, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

snowparka97blackThe cold weather is on it’s way and keeping your best friend warm is always a big concern for most dog owners.  If you have a small dog, an older dog or short haired dog, you should consider purchasing a dog coat to keep him warm during his winter walks.  You may want to choose a sweater for the cool autumn evenings and a heavier coat for the winter months especially if you live in a colder climate. Make sure the sweater or coat fits properly and is easy to put on and take off.  Most dogs don’t like wearing clothing at first. Get your dog used to the coat by putting it on him for short periods at a time.  Then give him a treat. Your dog will learn to associate wearing his coat with those delicious dog treats.

Make sure that you choose a coat that’s appropriate. It should be make of warm materials like wool. Look for water resistant materials for snowy or rainy days. Don’t worry about what looks fashionable. This is not the priority. You should be concerned about keeping your dog warm.

You may want to consider boots. The ice treatment like rock salt that’s put on sidewalks and steps can really irritate your dog’s feet.  Keep your dog warm and safe this year and make sure that he’s comfortable.



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