As we all know by now the days are getting shorter and the days are getting colder. While we as humans can just put on a coat and feel warmer, are dogs do not always have this option, their coats are already on them and that only goes a long way. This topic will help to give advice on some of the different steps you can take to insure your dog will have a much better winter, Bathing, Brushing, as well as keeping them warm.
BATHING: This being winter there are a few things that you must think of before bathing your dog. For one bathing will be the best and only thing you should do if you do live in a very cold climate. Shaving will only leave your dog’s skin closer to the cold making your dog miserable. Brushing will be your best bet. What I recommend for bathing is once every 3 months would be best, if you absolutely must then once every 8 weeks will do. You do not want to give them a bath to much as you will get rid of the protective oils that dogs have on their skin to shield them from the cold, you also run the risk of drying out the skin and getting the coat matted which will end in having to shave your dog, thus making your dog colder than before. If your dog gets dirty or smelly there are many products that you can use to fix this without having to use water. For one, a waterless shampoo. Also you’re going to want to watch out for rain and snow and any puddles in the area. Dogs are just like us they can and will get sick if there wet and cold, so let’s just keep it down to cold and fix that shall we.
BRUSHING: This should be done once or twice a day, for at least 20 or so minutes depending on the coat of the dog. This may seem long but it will be a great way for you and your dog to bond and it feels good to him too. Brush from head to toe, top to bottom, completely threw, again you do not want your dog to get matted as he will have to be shaved and he will become even colder. Not only will this make your dog look better, but it will also cause your dogs hair and skin to breath better, there for your dogs skin will have an even flow of air circulating threw there for your dog will become more sheltered from the cold. This will also keep your dogs smell and dirt level down to a minimum.
KEEPING YOUR DOG WARM AND DRY: Now what if you have a short haired dog or you did have to shave your dog for one reason or another, what do you do now? What I would recommend is buying a coat for your dog this will block out any cold air, just be sure to take it off otherwise your dogs coat can become to oily and also can mat the hair. One more thing you’re going to want is water proof dog boots. There are all types of boots they come in different colors and different sizes, and believe it or not your dog will usually keep them on. Once again as I have already said, if your dog is to get wet from the rain, snow or puddles, be sure to dry your dog ASAP, brush your dog and maybe spray some perfume and then give him a treat. This will keep your dog from getting a cold and you having to run up the vet bills.
This is just a few of the great and easy ways that you can do to keep your dog from being cold and different things you can do to keep him clean in the cold winter months that are to follow. There are many other grooming ideas that you can come up with. I would recommend talking to your vet or your local dog groomer for more advice. I hope this has helped you in some way. This is just one idea of a Dog Groomer.