Tito came to Nebraska Dog Trainers because when he got overly excited, he would not listen and jumped on people. On walks, he pulled on the leash and barked at other dogs. He also did not come when called, especially if there were distractions. Now he is a perfect gentleman. Check out his before & after video.
Aspen came to our 2 week board and train program because he jumped on people and lacked impulse control. Aspen is a loving pup who loved his time training. Aspen’s Dad is glad to have him home and is happy to have a dog who doesn’t jump and can work around a variety of distractions. Check out his video.
When the temperatures drop and snow and ice start to appear outside, it’s important to keep your dog’s well-being in mind. For many dogs, winter clothing can help them stay comfortable throughout the cold season! Learn more about cold-weather clothing for dogs in this article from your veterinary professional.
Does My Dog Need Winter Clothing?
Many dogs will benefit from a layer of clothing in the wintertime, especially when they head outdoors. For dogs with thin or short coats of fur, a coat can help keep the body warm, and boots will help protect the sensitive paw pads from cold surfaces, dangerous road salt, and ice-melt products. Outer layers are also a good choice for senior dogs with more fragile immune systems, and they’re absolutely essential for hairless breeds like the Chinese Crested and the Mexican Hairless.
It’s important to note that some breeds are, in fact, built for the cold, harsh conditions of winter. The Siberian Husky and the Saint Bernard are just two examples; these dogs may actually become dangerously overheated if forced to wear extra clothing!
What Kind of Clothing Should I Get My Dog?
Jackets, coats, and parkas are best for dogs who frequently venture outdoors, especially when it’s snowing. Sweaters may hold moisture when they get wet, making a dog very uncomfortable and potentially even contributing to deadly hypothermia—it’s best to have your dog wear a sweater indoors, then switch to a coat when it’s time to head out. Boots are a good idea for most dogs, except those who have evolved to grow heavy fur on the paws to help protect the paw pads.
How Do I Get the Fit Right?
Jackets, sweaters, parkas, snowsuits, boots, and other winter clothing may come in small, medium, or large sizes, or garments may be designated with a weight range to suit particular sizes of dogs. Choose the closest fit that is applicable to your pet—you don’t want to dress your dog in clothing that’s too tight or too loose, as either scenario can make a dog uncomfortable and anxious. Do your best to choose garments that fit your dog snugly, but still allow plenty of movement with no restriction. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, you can even customize your pooch’s clothing for a perfect fit!
Willy came to Nebraska Dog Trainers as the typical crazy Labrador puppy. He jumped on people, pulled on the leash, barked constantly for attention, would not settle down when needed, and did not want to listen. He also had a problem with digging and chewing on things and was afraid to get into the car. Now, Willy is walking nicely on the leash, he knows how to chill out, he has manners and obeys commands, and he loves jumping into the car! Good job, Willy! Check out his Youtube video.
Pepper is a handsome and sweet 1 year old Dutch Shepherd who needed to learn to stop jumping on people, walk better on the leash, to not nip at things when he got excited and he needed to build his impulse control. He loved learning and being active during his training and made great improvements! His parents are so excited to have their pup back without him jumping, pulling on the leash no longer nipping on things and staying in command for a long time! Great job Pepper, we are so proud of you and loved working with you! Check out his before & after video.