Dog Care in Winter

Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.

Cold crisp mornings, wishing for the first spring flower to emerge from the frozen ground... waiting for Spring to make an appearance.

WRAP UP ON WALKS

It may be cosy indoors, but your dog needs regular walks regardless of the weather. When out on walks it’s important to make sure your four-legged friends are wrapped up warm. Put a dog coat on them when you go out.

CHECK FOR SALT AND GRIT BETWEEN THEIR TOES

Clean their paws at the end of your walk as salt and grit from roads and pavements can also get lodged between their toes.

KEEP THEM WARM AND DRY

Dry off wet and muddy dogs after walks and make sure they have a cosy bed to return to which is away from any cold draughts.

 

KEEP THEM ACTIVE INDOORS

Some dogs can be very reluctant to venture out into the cold. If this is the case, do not force them out but make sure you provide them with lots of toys for them to play and keep them occupied while indoors.

ADJUST THEIR FOOD IF NECESSARY

If you do find that your dog is less active in the winter months, make sure you adjust the amount of food you give them accordingly to avoid weight gain.

MAKE SURE THEY HAVE GOOD RECALL

Cold weather often brings reduced visibility in foggy or snowy weather conditions. If you're letting them off the lead, make sure your dog has good recall to avoid them getting lost and, as always, make sure their microchip details are up to date with your correct contact information and if a Charity's dog they should a Just Whippet's contact information on them whilst the dog is out as per the Just Whippet's Rescue contract.

MAKE THEM VISIBLE

As the nights draw in earlier and the sun rises later, attach a small light to your dog's collar so they can be seen when out on walks in reduced visibility.

NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR UNATTENDED

Just as cars can become fatally hot in summer months, temperatures can drop very quickly in cold weather. Always take your dog with you rather than leaving them in the car for any length of time.

STAY AWAY FROM FROZEN LAKES AND RIVERS

Keep your dog away from stretches of frozen water as it's impossible to tell how secure the surface is. Keep them on a lead if you think they’ll be tempted to jump in.

 

 

The information provided is only for the reader's advice, if there is any concerns regarding the advise consult your vet or a professional animal behaviourist. 

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Remember there is a difference from a puppy to fully-grown dog. Do your research e.g. the behaviour of the breed and the breeder you are getting the puppy from make sure you see the mother and if you don't think it seems right don't purchase the puppy. 

Also think of your circumstances, they might be free at the moment to care for the puppy, but will they be in a couple of months or a years time? 

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How Crucial Was Your Dog to Your Happiness During Lockdown?

Lockdown was a difficult time for all of us, the uncertain times we still live through too. 

According to a new study, 8 in 10 dog owners said their pet was extremely important to their mental wellbeing during the UK’s lockdown and believe their dogs were largely happy, some did admit that their dog wasn’t his usual self as a result of being indoors for longer periods of time with the whole family.

Just remember if you are still isolating, keep to a route for your dog mental health as well as your's. It could be a good excuse to spend more time with your dog, perhaps learn a new trick. 

Just remember to keep in mind of your dog's well being.