With the temperature dropping and the weather worsening, you need to be sure your furry friend is comfortable, safe, and stays warm when you take them out for walks. Below we outline the gear you need and how to keep your pet happy in the cold outdoors.
How to tell if your dog is cold
Some breeds cope better than others in winter and it’s very important to make sure your dog doesn’t get too cold. Smaller breeds like Pugs and Chihuahuas will struggle to keep warm at cooler temperatures, but even larger breeds used to cold climates, like Siberian Husky’s and Saint Bernard’s, you should still be aware of the signs that they are getting too cold.
- Trembling or shivering
- Very cold ears
- Hunched back and tucked in tail
- Anxious behavior and unwillingness to continue walking
- Limp or stiff movement
- Lifting paws off the ground
The right gear and equipment
The best way to keep dogs warm and dry in winter is using the right gear.
All Weather Vests
Even breeds with thick coats need will a good quality jacket to ensure they don’t lose too much heat. Look for vests which provide thermal insulation and are a tight fit. Any good quality dog jacket will also offer protection from the wind and rain, so buy a vest which is made from material suitable for all weathers.
JULIUS-K9®’S official IDC® Neoprene Dog Jackets is made from soft and elastic neoprene material which is designed to provide a snug fit for maximum thermal insulation and wind protection. The material is highly effective at keeping dogs warm and dry while also being comfortable to wear over long periods. It also has a reflective edging for improved visibility in low light conditions.
Kitting your dog out with high-visibility equipment is highly advisable for any after dark walk. Having neon and reflective dog gear like leads, collars and harnesses is the simplest way to stay visible at night. You should also consider attaching a safety light for maximum visibility at road crossings.
Towels and car mats
As soon as you get back from your walk you should dry off your dog with a clean towel. For the same reason you should keep some towels in your car so you get your dog warm and dry as soon as the walk is over.
It’s also a good idea to invest in a good quality car mat. This will help protect your upholstery from damp and mud, but also be more comfortable for your dog.
As well as using the right gear, managing your dog’s coat is just as important. If you are not using protective footwear, you should look to trim back extra long fur between their paw pads as frozen mud and ice-balls can build up which cause great discomfort. Also in the coldest months then you should avoid cutting your dog’s coat too short.