When it’s cold outside, all you want to do is go home, curl up in a warm bed and sip on hot chocolate?  But what about dogs, how do they feel about the cold winter months?  Some dogs live their lives primarily outdoors so they need and want to spend time outside every day.  However, certain dogs are more negatively affected by the cold than others; particularly older pets or those with certain conditions like arthritis.  There are plenty of ways for you to keep your dog warm this winter, follow the steps below!

1)  Consider adopting a cold weather dog.
If you don’t have a dog yet and you live in a cold climate, you could consider getting a dog that is bred to handle well and enjoy cold weather.  Alaskan malamutes, Siberian huskies, and chow chows are great dogs for cold climate dwellers. 

2)  House your dog indoors
Even though you may keep your dog outside when the weather is nice, you may not want to do this when it’s cold.  Housing your dog inside the house is the best way to keep him warm during the winter.

3)  Pet jackets and sweaters. 
It might sound silly, but there are cute garments like jackets and sweaters you can purchase to keep your pets warm; there is even waterproof clothing you can put on them for play time in the snow.

4)  Invest in proper outdoor housing. 
If your dog absolutely has to spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure he has proper shelter.  Consider getting a doghouse with a sloped roof, insulation and possibly a heater (make sure the heater is 100% safe and meant for being run outdoors). 


5) Soft bedding off the floor.
Keep your dog warm by placing soft bedding a few inches off the cold floor.

6) Make sure he’s getting enough food. 
Some dogs burn more calories during the winter while they’re trying to stay warm.  This may make him hungrier, so feed him a little more in the winter months if it seems he needs it. 

7) Don’t forget to give him attention. 
Nothing keeps a dog warmer than a caring, playful, and attentive owner.  Make sure you don’t forget about your pet if you put him outside, and when the weather is really cold, let him stay inside.  Hypothermia and frostbite in dogs can happen, be aware of the cold and how it affects your dog.

Cold weather isn’t always fun to deal with, especially for animals.  Although they love playing in the snow, it’s not as fun when they are cold. Also remember, dog's can get colds and various illnesses like humans.  Keep your dog safe and healthy by keeping him warm this winter season.