The bitter cold of the winter and early spring months may limit the running around your dog can do. Some dog breeds thrive in colder temperatures, but many find the blistering temperatures to be too much for their bodies to handle. Whatever the case may be, there are some simple ways you can keep your dog active in the winter even if he cannot spend much time outside. Listed below are different tricks you can try to let your dog burn off some energy in the cold months of the year.
Buy Healthy Foods
If you’re still buying whatever the cheapest brand of dog food is for the month, it’s time for an upgrade. Yes, this will raise your bills a bit, but that extra money goes a long way. If you can spend a few extra dollars for some high quality pet food, you will see a significant change in your pet’s fur. Look for foods with all-natural ingredients, and see if you can find something that is formulated to improve your pet’s coat. The right food will provide a great foundation for you to build on.
Bathe Your Dog
Dogs do not bathe themselves like cats do, so they rely on you to stay clean throughout the year. Some people only bathe their dogs once every few months, but that can lead to matted, messy fur that makes your dog look worse for wear. Think about how nasty your hair gets after not showering for a few days. Your pet’s fur gets the same way if you go weeks on end without bathing him. Make effort to wash your pet down at least once a month, but preferably once a week. That will ensure that your dog looks his best at all times.
Brush the Coat Regularly
Try to run a brush through your pet’s fur a few times a week. If you have a pet with long hair, you may want to make that once a day. When the hair gets matted, it can start to frizz and get coarse. That will not make for a soft or shiny coat. Some pets love to be brushed, and others need time to warm up to the experience. Try out different brushes to see what works best for your dog’s fur, and he will soon grow to love his brush just as much as he loves you.
Clean Your Pet’s Bed
If your pet has a special bed that he sleeps in, you need to keep that area as clean as possible. You wouldn’t go a month without washing your bed sheets, right? Why should your pet have to? The easiest way to do this is to get a cover for the bed that you can wash like a pillow case, or get a bed that can be folded to fit in the washing machine. We have a whole guide for choosing the right dog bed here on our blog that you can reference.
Make sure you wipe out the hair in the crevices of the bed when you take it out of the washer because it may not all come off in the rinse cycle. Do this often enough, and you should be able to keep your pet’s coat healthy, shiny, and soft for years to come.