How to Keep Your Outside Dog Warm in the Winter

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Outside dogs can stay warm in the winter by sleeping inside an igloo-shaped dog house lined in fleece, wearing a specially-designed dog jacket on long cold walks and eating more food to build up a thicker layer of winter fat. Keep a dog warm during the winter months with help from a certified dog trainer in this free video on canine behavior.

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Hi, my name is Dee Hoult with Applause Your Paws in Miami, Florida. In this clip, I'm going to show you how to keep your dog warm in the winter. Now, here in South Florida, this is how to keep your dog warm for that one day a year when it drops below 40. My dog Oxford here is going to be my demo dog, and there's a couple things we can do for dogs when they're outside to help them keep warm. Now, ideally, if your dog's living in the backyard, you want to have something like a Dogloo Igloo, which has a pretty deep entryway tunnel for your dog. Oxford, come here. But it's important--Oxford, come here. Oxford, come here, buddy. Good boy. Here. That we provide them with somewhere really warm like a piece of fleece or something that they can sleep on on those cold winter nights. In addition to that, it's important that we be aware of how much food our dog is eating in the winter because the food can help them keep warm as well. Now, you'll definitely, depending on the breed, want to consult your veterinarian before beginning to feed your dog more, but generally, feeding your dog more is going to help them build more body fat to help them keep warm. And then also, we want to make sure they stay healthy during the winter as well. Now, for those really cold nights or those cold walks, we can use something like a dog sweater, like this one here, to help keep our dogs warm. It kind of works just like a horse blanket. It just Velcros around the front and Velcros around the belly, and it really helps keep the internal temperature of the dog warm, maybe when they're rumping through snow. So we'll let Oxford model it here for you. Come here, buddy. Good boy. And as you can see, he's not bothered by wearing it at all, and most dogs aren't. They rather be warm than cold on a walk. Other ideas for keeping your dog warm might be investing in some dog booties for the snow or trying to go out during the warmest part of the day. Again, this is Dee from Applause Your Paws in Miami, Florida. Thanks for watching.


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