Dutch is a 1 year old German Shepherd who loved to ignore commands, especially being off leash. He also needed to learn how to walk on a leash better and to not be so mouthy. He loved all the field trips he got to go on and learned how to have manners on the leash as well as off the leash! Great job Dutch! Check out his video.
Be sure to keep your pup’s nails trimmed. Long nails can be quite painful for Fido! Your four-legged friend may adjust his stride a bit to ease the discomfort. This puts extra strain on his bones and joints. Overgrown nails will also make it harder for your furry friend to gain traction on slippery ice. If you’re nervous about giving your canine companion a pawdicure, get clippers with sensors. These will indicate exactly where to cut, which makes the job much easier for you. Of course, you can also just call us to set up a quick nail-trim appointment for your pooch!
Just like human feet, doggy paw pads are quite delicate. It isn’t much fun going barefoot in the snow! If you live in or visit a cold climate, your pet can get painful blisters and abrasions from snow, salt, sand, and ice. Stock up on pet-safe de-icing products, which you can find in most pet stores. Booties are another option. However, not all dogs will tolerate wearing shoes. If your pooch doesn’t like wearing doggy boots, you can use balm to protect his paws. You may also want to wipe Fido’s furry feet down with a damp cloth when you bring him in, just to make sure he doesn’t have salt, sand, or chemicals on his paws.
Does your canine companion have tufts of fur growing between his toes? These can be pretty cute! However, you may want to trim them back, as they can gather ice balls or get gunked up with gum or dirt. Just be sure to use blunt-end scissors.
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!
The Velcro Dog – that nervous, stressed out, anxious dog that follows you room to room, like your shadow, in fear of you leaving or some impending doom. Did you know that if you allow this type of behavior to continue, you’re actually reinforcing it and doing your dog a massive disservice. Intentional or not, allowing your dog to cling to you out of fear will inevitably perpetuate further instability, keeping him stuck in a negative state of mind.
Owners that are quick to smooch and soothe their dog in this mindset inevitably create a more insecure, anxious dog that relies heavily on his own impulse to take control of a situation. This can lead to anything from destructive separation anxiety to reactivity towards humans or other dogs.
Dogs riddled with fear based anxiety need MORE structure, rules, and routine than your average dog. Predictability creates security. Anxiety and stress sky rocket when a dog doesn’t know what’s happening next. If their leader can’t provide a blueprint that gives them this security, they will draw up the plan themselves. This is where panicked reactions come to a head.
The best thing we can do for our dogs is provide a clear set of rules and boundaries so that our dogs aren’t left making their own frenzied decisions.
Abner came to our 2 week Board and Train program because he pulled on a leash and lacked a lot of confidence. Abner is a loving pup and enjoyed his time training. His owners are glad to have him home with new freedom of a well behaved pup. Check our his before & after video.
Lor is a 6 month old Dutch Shepherd who had become reactive to dogs and people, he pulled terribly on his leash, and he would bark incessantly at things he heard and saw. After his two week board and train, he is able to be around other people and dogs, he walks nicely on and off leash, and he is able to relax now. Way to go, Lor! Check out his video!
Gator is a 6 month old Golden Retriever that came to our 2 week Board and Train program because he jumped, pulled on a leash and lacked impulse control. Gator is such a loving pup and enjoyed his time training. His parents love that he no longer jumps, he walks nicely both on and off leash and listens around distractions. Check out his before & after video.
Auggie came to our 2 week Board and Train program because he pulled on a leash, jumped and lacked impulse control. His owners can’t believe he walks nicely both on and off leash, no longer jumps on the kids and his ability to ignore distractions around him. Check out his before and after video.
Gypse came to our 2 week Board and Train program because she needed to build her confidence and pulled on a leash. She now has new found sense of confidence and better manners both on and off leash. Her owners are enjoying living with a well behaved pup. Check out her before and after video.