This video features Rafi, an adorable Black Labrador who body slides on the snow. He looks like he is having so much fun!
During winter, dogs feel cold as much as their owners do. There are some dogs which are bred to deal with the cold while some are not tolerant of icy temperatures. However, regardless of breed, all dogs should stay safe and warm throughout the winter months.
1. Before the temperature drops, take your dog to the vet to identify health issues that can be worsened by cold weather – like arthritis. Make sure to get health problems addressed to keep your dog comfortable through winter.
2. No dog is meant to spend a lot of time outside in the cold. Arctic sled dogs like Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes have thick double coats but their coat does not protect all of their body parts. Their ears are still exposed and their paws come in direct contact with snow which can cause frostbites or other injuries. Only take your dog outside for short walks and once you arrive back home, wipe your dog’s paws immediately and check the pads for cracks.
3. Dress them warmly. Canine clothing is extremely helpful to those breeds which are not built to withstand colder temperatures like toy dogs, dogs without long hair such as Greyhounds and Whippets and old or sick dogs.
4. Don’t give your dog a haircut during winter because they need their long coat to combat the cold.
5. Give your dog plenty of clean, unfrozen water to drink. If needed, consider getting a heated water bowl to keep your dog’s water from freezing.
6. Check out this Labrador training page.