Yorkshire Doggy Daycare Tips For Your Dog This Winter
All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey. We go for a walk, pretty much every day! There’s nothing that our furry friends like more than bouncing around in the leaves on our Autumnal walks, and now the chilly winds of Winter are whipping their tails and biting at their ears – we must remember to order those ear muffs! Winter can be a very magical season, but it can be tough for those of us that have four paws on the ground and don’t have the luxury of warm boots or bobble hats. With that in mind, here are some proper Yorkshire Doggy Daycare tips on how to keep your dog warm and safe this winter (with a few ‘Yorkshirisms’ thrown in for free!)
Keep Your Dog Smiling With These Yorkshire Doggy Daycare Tips
Keep Them Warm And Toasty On Walks
We’ve all had this scenario; the fire’s on, you’re putting on your boots to take your pooch out, and try as you might you can’t get them to move for love nor money. They can feel the cold coming in through the open door, and they’ve decided that you can ‘jog on’ and let them know how the walk was when you get back.
Dogs need exercise whatever the weather (we’re continually getting wet on our Yorkshire Doggy Daycare adventures!), but they’re smaller than us and get cold a lot quicker, especially if they’re bounding around in snow drifts. Make sure that you consider getting them a coat for the winter months and dry them thoroughly with a towel when you get back into the house. Check for snow between their toes to avoid ice balls forming, and make sure that their fur is dry before they flop back down into their bed – no dog want’s to be ill at Christmas!
Light Them Up Like A Christmas Tree
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Ok, that’s a little bit of a Yorkshire Doggy Daycare exaggeration, but it’s important to make sure that your four-legged friends are visible on these foggy nights. Drivers can see you as you’re more at head height, but they might not always be looking down at tyre level. Attach a little light to their collars or get a glow in the dark collar for the pooch that likes to pretend that they’re a ghost! The same goes for letting your dog off the lead when you come home from work – It’s getting dark from around 4 pm now, so having a light or something that you can use to see them in the dark will help you to keep a track on them and make sure that they are not wandering too far away.
Dogs Can’t Ice Skate, So Stay Away From Frozen Water
Even the most active swimmers can have their breath taken away by cold water, and the same goes for dogs. If your dog likes a little swim in the summer and is prone to jumping into pools, lakes, or rivers, then do a little bit more lead walking in the places where they usually like to take a dip. You’re not being a killjoy by holding them back a little, and they’ll soon forget all about it when you get them back home and give them a tasty treat!
Keep Anti-Freeze Away From Their Curious Noses!
HEY! Lock that Anti Freeze away!
This could be one of our most important Yorkshire Doggy Daycare tips so listen up! Dog’s are curious little creatures, which is probably why we love them so much. They sniff around and seek out interesting things, and more often than not they’ll try to eat what they find if it smells and tastes good. Unfortunately, the Anti-Freeze spray that we all use to de-frost our car windows has both a sweet smell and taste, and it can be fatal to a dog if they ingest it.
Keep any chemicals like Anti-Freeze up out of reach of your pooch or in a locked container or cupboard that they can’t get to. If you frequently put your dog in the boot of your car while travelling then make sure that your Anti-Freeze is tucked away in the glove box out of reach. If you do suspect that your pet has ingested Anti-Freeze, then contact a vet immediately.
Colder Temperatures Bring Hungry Tummies
Is it dinner time yet?
Our final Yorkshire Doggy Daycare tip is about everyone’s favourite subject – food! Don’t you find that you tend to eat more in Winter than you do in Summer? Our bodies use up more calories coping with the cold, and therefore we find ourselves snacking more or sneaking an extra meal in. You’ve heard people say that you’re putting on a winter layer, and it’s not a bad idea for dogs to do the same.
If your dog spends a lot of time outside the house or just enjoys long walks in the snow, then it’s a good idea to give them a little bit more food so that they have more energy to keep warm on the go. It might be the case that your dog spends a lot more time inside, then they won’t necessarily need to change their diet at all. If in doubt, speak to your vet to get some expert advice and to monitor their weight over winter.
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Thank you for checking out our Yorkshire Doggy Daycare tips on how to keep your dog warm and healthy this winter. Yorkshire winters can be harsh, but with a little help from these tips above you should be set up for everything that Mother Nature might throw at you.
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