Dogs like people get cold for a number of reasons. Older dogs are less active and may have poor circulation. Small dogs have very little body mass. And some dogs just don’t have heavy coats of fur.
So, instead of “cranking” up the heat, you might try dressing up your pooch.
An older dog that gets chilled can benefit from some extra layers. Older dogs may get cold and are no longer able to generate the body heat they once did. Try adorning your boy with a soft and cozy fleece from Animal Wrappers. Always be sure to get the correct size for your dog. A too restrictive garment may contribute to his already poor circulation.
Dogs with short coats struggle in the cold months to stay warm. This also holds true in the air-conditioned comfort of your home in the hot months. Short coated dogs include Whippets, Greyhounds, Toy Fox Terriers and the popular Chihuahuas. Help them stay warm and stylish with a clever t-shirt from “i see spot.” You may want to consider layering with the addition of coat from Puppia. Coats are a fun fashion statement while really making your pal more comfortable.
Dogs that have experienced hair loss or itchy skin can benefit from a natural soft cotton shirt or sweater that rests comfortably against their skin. This will allow the dogs skin to stay clean a free of debris. Clothing is also a barrier against excessive scratching which can help limit further irritation to those hot spots.
In addition to helping your pup stay warm, clothing can help protect your dog from the sun’s harmful rays. Brown and black dogs absorb a tremendous amount of the sun’s heat. An easy way to avoid this is to dress your dog up in a white (or lightly colored) cotton t-shirt. Too make them even more comfortable on those hot days, try wetting the t-shirt thoroughly with water. Continue to wet the t-shirt down throw out the day. You will be amazed at how well your dog will respond to this approach.
Always remember a good fit is crucial for your pups comfort and acceptance of her new fashion. The garment must not rub, bind or pinch. All manufacturers provide sizing charts for their clothing. For male dogs it is important to choose designs that allow your boy to relieve himself without soaking his shirt.
Never let your dog’s clothing get too soiled. It’s not healthy for your dog, and it may permanently stain their clothing. Follow the garments care instructions. To avoid shrinkage, hang the clothing up to dry after washing. Choose clothing made of soft, durable and easy to care for fabrics.
Teaching your pooch to enjoy (or tolerate) wearing clothes begins with slow fun sessions. It is always easier starting your dog when she is young. Conversely, older dogs may take to it quickly when they experience the warmth and comfort of a cozy sweater. It’s those dogs in the middle that can be a challenge. Not all dogs welcome your efforts to make them comfortable. The process of acceptance needs to be slow and reinforced by lots of treats. Since you will be feeding many treats during these sessions be sure they are healthy treats like Wagatha’s.
I have found over the years that dogs that are truly cold and uncomfortable eventually appreciate the extra layer of warmth. A vibrant healthy dog with ample body mas and coat may not want to wear anything. But, even these dogs can don some cool duds long enough for you to get that Christmas card picture.