Winter is here and that means cold weather, salt on the streets and your chance to bust out those colourful sweaters for your pup.
While we’ll be doing our best to keep all of our dog daycare and boarding guests nice and warm during their time with us, we’ve put together a quick list of winter dog care tips to help you make sure there’s no frozen pups at home!
Keep The Heating On – an obvious but important one, especially for those dogs with thin skin. Houses can get cold so a bitta warmth will go a long way to keeping your pup all toasty while you’re out at work
Sweaters – not all dogs are blessed with the natural insulation a healthy thick fur provides. Having a sweater or two on hand that covers from neck to rump and also the belly will help provide an extra layer of insulation and keep your pup from getting too cold on walks. Just make sure there’s proper windchill breaking material included
Booties – maybe some day someone will invent a salt that’s not harmful for our friends sensitive paws, but until that day we recommend investing in a pair of boots to protect your pups feet from the salt and grit on the roads and paths. Sure, they might not dig the boots at first, but they’ll thank you later.
Paws After Care – moisturising balms help keep those paws from cracking and add an extra layer of protection. Try to find creams or balms with all natural ingredients, they’re better in the long run.
Pay Attention To The Weather – sometimes it’s nigh on impossible to get some exercise in when the weather gets too fierce. But you can plan your walks around those pesky weather systems to make sure your pup gets out and about.
Comfy Bedding – if your house has tiled floors it’s no fun for your pup to sleep on them when it’s cold. Throw a few blankets down or get a raised bed for them to catch some zzzz’s.
And of course, lots and lots of snuggles!
Want to do things with your pup but not sure which events will accept dogs? Here’s some dog friendly events you and your pup can enjoy together this month.
November is Adopt a Senior at The Humane Society – if you’re thinking about getting a dog there’s no better reward than re-homing an old guy or girl who needs some love. Check out the Humane Society for more info.
Nov 8 –St. James Town Pet Food Bank from noon – 3pm at 200 Wellesley St
Nov 16 – 18 Winter Lights Weekend in Brampton
Nov 23 – 25 MJN Championship Dog Show in Mississauga
Nov 24 – Cavalcade of Lights in Nathan Phillips Square
Nov 24 and 25 Canadian Pet Expo Christmas Edition – Downtown Toronto
Nov 25 – Santa Festival in Vaughn
Nov 30 – Dec 2 Holiday Market in The Junction
Nov 30 – Dec 2 Royal Canin Crown Classic Dog Show – Caledon
Nov 30 – Jan 8 Lakeside Festival of Lights in Burlington
Are you looking for a new best friend for your pup? Has he been looking a little bored or lonely lately? Well, if you aren’t looking to add another dog to your family, a great solution is to find new playmates for your pup! We’ve put together our favourite tips on making new doggy friends.
One of the great things about going to the dog park, is that very rarely will you find dog’s being protective of the dog park itself. When you bring another dog into your home, your dog may feel he needs to protect the home and instead of trying to be friends, he may worry that his home is being threatened by this visitor. Having dogs meet on ‘neutral ground’ takes away those feelings of having to protect or guard the area and makes it much easier for dogs to play together and bond.
When looking for a new best friend for Spot, you may find that your dog often gravitates to playing with certain breeds or certain sizes of dogs. This is not to say that opposites don’t sometimes attract in the dog world; but your border collie may not be having fun playing chase with a pug if the pug can’t keep up! Often times this is most true with highly active breeds such as border collies or dalmatians. They enjoy chasing and being chased….and going really really fast! So if their doggy buddy can’t keep up, you may need to look around for other high energy play times to really tire your dog out and help him get the most out of playtime.
It can be very beneficial to use positive association when trying to help your dog bond with a new friend. Giving affection or praise after your dog had a long play session with his new buddy, will really enforce the thought of ‘I had a lot of fun today with that new dog and my owner was happy with me! Good things happen when I play with that dog!???. Be careful though to not create any jealousy between the dogs. If they are in the middle of interacting with each other, it may not be the best time to offer a treat as this could cause jealousy in the other dog and he may react aggressively, creating a negative experience. If you are unsure about creating positive associations for your dog, it is best to consult a certified dog behaviourist for advice.
With these helpful tips your pooch is sure to become a social butterfly!