While I understand that there are a handful of northern dog breeds who prefer cold weather, a majority of dogs will become chilly in cooler temperatures just as humans do. As pet parents it’s important that we keep our pets warm in the winter months, especially if they are small, senior or injured. For the sake of this blog post (and my dog mom parenting style since Wynston is a Chihuahua), we’ll say that a warm dog is a cozy dog. Therefore, here’s advice on how to keep your dog warm in the winter.
How to Keep Your Dog Warm in the Winter
Get your matching jammies, cozy up by the fire and enjoy these helpful tips.
The old eye roll accompanied with “Pfft. A dog in a sweater” combination is becoming a thing of the past. Sure, there are some cute, festive sweaters and outfits on the market for dogs, but they are more than a fashion statement. Clothing items like sweaters, coats and booties help keep dogs warm in the winter, especially outdoors. Don’t let your dog’s tootsies freeze in the snow – I recommend Ultra Paws, as that’s what I use for Wynston. Small, senior and hairless dogs are more susceptible to cold weather, so please keep them cozy and protected this winter.
My favorite places for dog clothing are:
- Walmart: They have dog sweaters for only $5 during the fall and winter months
- Land’s End: High quality coats and sweaters for dogs. My favorite coat for Wynston is his Land’s End squall jacket.
- Ruffwear: High quality outdoor gear for dogs, including booties.
A simple solution for keeping your dog warm in the winter is plenty of access to blankets! I have blankets everywhere in my house, on the bed, on the couch, on the floor…Wynston and the cats always have access to a comfy blanket for some burrowing. Fleece throws and electric blankets are fantastic options to keep your dog warm in the winter. I really love this cozy Sherpa blankie!
I have a special heating pad for Wynston in our bed. Even the cats take advantage of it sometimes. You can also purchase portable heating pads for a dog kennel, the car or a stroller.
Did you know that heated pet beds exist?! Yes, yes they do. But even if you’re not looking to purchase something so fancy, standard pet beds offer an element of warmth for your dog or cat.
I have a small space heater that I move around with me depending on which room I’m currently in. Wynston and Sadie enjoy lounging in front of it because it gives off a light heat, nice enough to warm up the area. Just remember to turn it off before you leave the house.
I miss having a real fireplace. My dogs used to love snuggling near it. Although we have an electric fireplace now, it’s simply not the same. But anyways, it’s a great way for pups to keep warm! Make sure you have a fireplace grate to keep all of your little ones safe, and don’t leave your pets unattended near any sort of fire.
The simplest, most loving way to keep your dog warm is by petting them! Snuggle on the couch, on the floor or in the bed and pet your pup. It’ll strengthen your bond and remind them how much you love them (as if they need a reminder 😉 ). Petting your dog is also a good way to become mindful and refocus during the holiday season.
What are your dog’s favorite ways to stay warm in the winter?