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Fall has officially began at the end of last week. The days are getting shorter. It still is on the warmer side here. But make no mistake the colder weather will be here before we know. Nobody is more unhappy about that prospect than me.
However, there is no fighting it. Therefore, I am preparing for myself, my family and even our dog.
Trust me dogs also need to adjust to the different seasons. Just as I do certain things to get our dog ready for the warmer weather, I do similar for the fall/wintertime.
If you have a four legged dog friend in your family, then you’ll want to read on…
5 Cold Weather Care Tips for Your Dog
1. Grooming your dog.
We have a a golden retriever, who most definitely sheds with each new season. Our dog happens to have different fur for different seasons. In the last few weeks, our house is covered in cotton ball-like hair balls. Plus, our dog literally has clumps of this same cotton ball fur that easily sticks out ready to be pulled off if given the right moment. I am not joking I could literally make a new dog from the amount of fur that comes off her body right now.
By why is this happening? Our girl is shedding her summer lighter fur to make room for her winter heavier fur coat. While I brush her pretty much daily. This is unavoidable at this time. So a good grooming is necessary to help eliminate this fur to make room for the next season’s fur. See this new fur will keep her warm during the coldest and snowiest of days here now.
2. Make hay while the sun shines.
Dogs need to be active no matter the season. So for that reason, your dog still needs to go outdoors even in the cold weather. Therefore, the best time for them to be outside for prolonged periods of time is when it is sunny out. This is usually best mid-day when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. Plus, sunshine brings the added benefit of providing your dog with vitamin D.
3. Still indoors is mostly where it is at.
It is no secret that when the temperatures drops, I prefer indoors to stay warm. Well if I am indoors mostly, so is my dog. Why? Because she is happiest when she is spending time with me, as well as our family. So even though your dog does need to go outdoors, don’t keep them outside long drown out periods. And remember to give them plenty of indoor love and attention, too.
4. Feed them healthy portions.
Even though they still are getting outdoors, let’s face it dogs are still not as active in the real cold weather. Therefore, they need fewer calories. So, keep this in mind during feeding time. Still dogs need an extra layer in winter. But make sure it comes from their fur coat, not a layer of fat. So with your dog’s lower activity level, adjust his calories accordingly. Plus a high quality, dog food ensures a healthy coat and good energy for the cold winter months.
Therefore, we “Fuel the Wag” for our dog right now with Nature’s Recipe dry dog food. Nature’s Recipe dry dog food has a 35-year history of premium recipes that have also high quality ingredients.
Plus they offer Grain Free Options, as well as no corn or wheat or soy (for Grain Free only executions).
And added bonus, Nature’s Recipe is now new to mass grocery stores. See it was previously only sold in pet specialty stores. So, now I buy it while I am grocery shopping for my family at my local Stop and Shop.
So easy and convenient not having to store hop in the colder weather months!
5. Cold weather is the time for cozy bedding for all.
Let’s face it, many colder weather mornings I don’t want to get out from the warm covers in my bed. If I feel that way, I am pretty sure my dog feels similar. So, cozy bedding is just a must for all in the family, including our dog. But dog beds aren’t cheap by any means. Have you ever shopped for dog beds? Plus, our dog enjoys chewing on the fabric of her dog bed. No joke I used to buy expensive dog bed only to throw it in the garbage replacing it in less than a month’s time, because of this.
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Therefore I have had to get creative to keep the costs down, but to keep our dog comfortable, too. How have I done this? By making an DIY Up Cycled No Sew Dog Pillow for own dog. This DIY dog bed is not only inexpensive to make, but easy, too. So read on now to find out how to make your own below now…
DIY Up-Cycled No Sew Dog Pillow
Supplies for DIY Up Cycled No Sew Dog Pillow
- Old Pillow
- Fabric Remnant Big Enough to Cover the Dog Pillow (preferably dog themed)
Instructions for DIY Up Cycled No Sew Dog Pillow
- First, locate an old pillow in your home.
- Next, cut two pieces of your fabric remnant that are about 6 inches longer than the pillow on each side.
- Then, with your scissors cut one inch strips on all sides of the fabric.
- Next up, begin to tie knots with fabric strips eventually tying all to enclose the dog pillow inside.
- Now, let your dog enjoy their new DIY Up Cycled No Sew Dog Pillow!