“Is my dog warm enough!” – this is what we should all be concerned about this Christmas.
So here are a few practical ideas to consider if you think your dog may be getting cold during the day or night, and how to keep your furry friend warm…
1. On sleeping outside…
Not all dogs are built for a cold night…and if freezing temperatures hit then some dogs do not have the ability to stay warm at all. So if you have a dog who didn’t originate from the colder climates then give them a bed inside the house.
2. Thick or heated blankets.
Every dog’s bed should have enough blankets or covers to keep warm. These could be old sacks, hay or electric heated blankets! Wool blankets will keep much more heat than most. This may even be an old sweater that you’re thinking of throwing away!
3. Get your dog off the ground
The ground can suck a lot of heat out of a dog so get them off the ground. This may be a cool shark designed dog bed shown below, or even a wooden pallet with a good thick cover over the top.
4. The doughnut ring
For maximum heat retention place the blankets in a doughnut shape with space for your dog to curl up in the center. With protection from the cold on all sides (and underneath) they only lose heat upwards rather than all directions…
5. Doggy Jackets
Why not style them out in a padded fleece jacket?! They keep the dogs heat in and waterproof whilst making them look cool in the process.
6. Inside the home…
Of course if your dog is sleeping inside with you then they are probably going to be pretty warm. Many dogs would do anything to be allowed to sleep inside and keep warm.
7. Wrapping them up at night
This is not a must do but just consider wrapping them up in a blanket - I’m sure it makes them feel warm and safe… Something to consider if it’s cold!
Every dog needs shelter from the rain so if you haven’t already put some sort of shelter together then today is the day. Doesn’t have to be flash but they need something…!
Here’s hoping you and your dog have a warm cozy winter.