Do Dogs Need Clothes in the Winter?
Do dogs need dog clothes in the winter weather? While this may at first appear to be a light concern to those who would scoff at the idea of dressing a dog, there are still many dog owners who have seen their dogs shiver violently after exposure to winter temperatures but hesitate to put clothing on their dogs for fear of appearing odd. Well, have no fear. If you are concerned about your dog being cold, there is certainly no harm in putting clothing on them. It's not a nice sight to see your pup shivering while out on their walk.
If you are still on the fence unsure about whether this is something you want to follow through with, consider this: Sure, dogs come equipped with their own external layering system, but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others, and some are not genetically suited to the environments in which they find themselves transplanted. So your dog may in fact be extremely uncomfortable with the winter temperatures — as uncomfortable as you would be if you went outside without clothing. That has got your attention, hasn't it?
This short video explains the problems and solutions in a nutshell.
Simple Tips to Keep Your Pup Warm
So, if you dont want to invest in some simple dog clothes for your pup, there are some other simple tricks that will help keep them warmer in the cold weather.
Its always a good idea to acclimatise pups gradually to outdoor chills. That stimulates their fur to grow thicker and be more protective. Exclusively indoor pets won’t be as well equipped to spend time outside, so be aware and bring them back inside after only short trips to the bathroom and back.
To get pets used to spend more time outdoors, offer small tastes of cold weather in two to three-hour periods beginning in early autumn. Once the weather drops to single digits or below, a half hour to an hour supervised time outside both morning and evening can help prompt thicker fur growth.
Pets stay warm by burning fuel, which is the the food they eat. They need more calories to generate increased body warmth, too, especially if they’re outside pets and can’t rely on their Mammy or Daddy's warm lap. Puppy food and “performance” diets offer more calories but you may also need to increase the portion especially if your pup spends a lot of their time outside. If they won't eat it all in the scheduled meals, increase the times they are fed.
We have some really cool dog clothes available on our store, which will definitely help your pup avoid the cold winter chills. We have fleeced dog jackets with hoods and stylish dog jumpers at a really reasonable price. Don't worry, we haven't forgot about the little pups that love to get dressed up. We have pretty dog dresses along with some dog pyjamas. For all the dogs that love to play fetch, you can check out our dog toys and see which ones catch your eye. Finally, we have a selection of dog bandanas, dog collars and leashes to choose from.
Until next time, your fur-friend, Pawl