Outdoor Dogs In The Winter

Here Is A Quick Winter Checklist For your Canine Companions Outdoor Dogs Certain dog breeds are better suited to cold weather outdoor living, but regardless of the breed you still need adequate shelter. Just because he is a Husky or a Malamute doesn’t mean he is okay in the freezing elements. A proper insulated dog house is needed for any outdoor dog, even then they shouldn’t be left out in the freezing for long periods of time. Just like their humans owners, dogs are capable of getting hypothermia and frostbite. Heat lamps and space heaters are not recommended to keep your friend warm, both are burn and fire hazards, if you are that concerned your local pet supply store should sell heated pet mats. Don’t forget to get a heated water bowl while you’re getting your heated mat; dogs can’t get enough water from eating snow and licking ice. If you can’t get a heated water bowl be sure to replace his water often. Be sure to keep your dogs walkways snow and ice-free as the ice can easily cut their paws, and again just as their owners dogs easily slip on the ice. So salting your dogs walkways will benefit both you and your dogs. Be sure and check their paws often for cuts, and dry, irritated paws from the de-icer and salt. Also licking their paws with the salt and de-icer can cause stomach irritation. Maybe your dog will benefit from some canine boots. Dogs don’t realize what thin ice is, so if you have a pond or river near be sure and teach them to stay off. Also following their humans on the ice, dogs can very easily tear muscles and ligaments, this is the cause of many winter time pet accidents. Be careful when starting your car, dogs are heat seekers and may sneak under a vehicle to capture the remaining heat from your engine. Not only dogs, especially cats. I have heard countless stories of cats getting in side the engine compartment and the car being started only to kill the family cat. And last but not least, arthritic dogs. Arthritis hurts far more in the cold, so your older dogs will have to have their outdoor time very limited. My old Chocolate Lab Brody who passed a year ago was seventeen years old when he went, and in the summertime you would have no idea that dog had arthritis but come winter he could barely make it up the stairs sometimes having to be carried. So take these easy steps to prevent any sickness or injury and you will have one happy, healthy dog. Thanks for reading. I have over 12 years experience in the Dog Training world and am very excited to share my knowledge and special skills with you. I started training dogs in Central Oregon over 12 years ago. I now live in the High Desert of Southern California where I continue to train dogs and now maintain a blog on where I can share my special skills and knowledge. Please visit www.betterdogtrainingblog.com for more great dog training tips. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6703077

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Outdoor Dogs In The Winter

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