Cold weather protection
For humans, the colder weather requires a different set of (remove set of) wardrobe and, sometimes, an entirely new environment setup. This same situation is true for your pets too. Know more about how your pet dogs deal with colder surroundings and what you can do to help them with the questions below:
Do dogs get cold in winter?
Dogs are warm blooded animals that do feel cold during the colder months. Although some breeds have thicker coats and a few are really accustomed to cold temperatures, there are still months when your dogs will feel cold—winter and fall in particular. When you live in places (get rid of neighborhoods) and neighborhoods that get extremely cold at (not at but during) some parts of the year, it might be best if you invest in high-quality clothing for your dogs to keep them warm and not settle for cheap dog sweaters or coats that may look cute, but do not actually serve their purpose.
How can I tell if my dog is cold?
If you yourself are feeling extra cold, chances are your dogs are feeling the chill in the air as well. To know if your fur babies are cold and if it is time to fit them in a dog sweater, watch out for these early signs of hypothermia:
- cold ears and feet
- rapid breathing
- increase in urination
- fur strands standing on end
- has ice on their body
- whining or acting anxiously
How can I keep my dog warm in winter?
If you see your beloved pets displaying most of the signs of early hypothermia, it might be time to bring them indoors where it is relatively warmer. Once you get your pets inside, it is important to wipe down their bodies and paws to keep their blood circulating. Also, consider dressing them up with warm clothing, such as dog sweaters and coats, as well as booties, which fit them well.
Dog sweater fitting
Keeping your beloved pets warm during the colder season must be one of your priorities. Although there are many ways to do this, one of the most practical and efficient methods is to dress them up with warm dog sweaters that are made with good quality materials, such as those from Bitch New York.
Know more about why dogs need sweaters and how you can find the best style for them.
Do dogs really need sweaters?
Although a dog’s coat may give them some protection from the ever-changing weather, it is still not enough especially for smaller puppies and senior dogs. This is why they must still have dog sweaters that provide them the extra warmth that they need for utmost comfort.
How should a sweater fit a dog?
Just like with humans, a dog’s sweater should fit them just right. It should not be too loose, or else, they might injure themselves (while wearing, not with) with it. It should not be too tight either because it (could, not would) would impede their mobility.
The perfect puppy sweater for your pet would be one that is snug enough that it will not bother them as they go about their day, but will still keep them warm and feeling cozy if it gets too cold.
How do you measure a dog for a sweater?
Custom sweaters for dogs fit differently depending on the design, but most of them will require you to measure your dog’s body length, neck size, and chest girth. Other designs may also require you to measure the size of your dog’s head for the hood(that I know of, no designer asks to measure the size of the dog’s head for a hood), the legs for the sleeves, the neck for the collar, and the size of the leash hole. (Every designer offered on Bitch New York has their own size chart, so refer to each individual size chart for measuring and sizing information)
Can dogs sleep in sweaters?
It would be best if you remove the sweater before your dog sleeps. (Always remove sweaters/clothing before your dog sleeps or without adult supervision) Allowing them to go to sleep inside your house with a sweater on may actually make them overheat which will pose a new set of problems.
There are many dog sweaters to choose from, that it can get quite overwhelming to find the perfect fit for your fur baby. Here are a few from Bitch New York that you can check out to start off your search:
Barkingham Grey Hoodie Dog Sweater
Do you have a go-to cable knit sweater that you just love to wear on colder days? With the hand-made Barkingham Grey dog sweater, it is now possible for your fur baby to match with you! It even comes with a hood to keep their little ears protected and is finished with beautiful hand-dyed grey buttons.
Owl Love You Forever Dog Sweater and Toy Set
Any dog will definitely love this 2-in-1 Owl Love You Forever set. This adorable puppy sweater shows off an owl pocket with a rolled-cuffed neckline, sleeves, and hemline that feel soft to the touch. It also comes with its own knitted owl dog toy with a squeaker that fits right in the sweater pocket, so that your pet can run around with his favorite toy placed safely on his back.
Black with Pumpkin Dog Sweater
Your dog can now join in the Halloween festivities with this black sweater with a pumpkin design. This handmade dog sweater is extra nice and soft and comes with sleeves to keep their little legs protected from the cold.
Beary Merry Christmas Dog Sweater
Make your dog feel extra warm on Christmas with the Beary Merry Christmas dog sweater. This is a custom-knitted dog sweater with sleeves that is created with shabby yarn that makes it extra soft. Each purchase comes with a Christmas gift of a plush teddy bear dog toy with squeaker that any playful pet will enjoy.
Julie Handknit Dog Sweater
All of your neighbors will fall in love with your pet on Valentine’s Day with this handknit Julie dog sweater. It is made with alpaca wool for extra softness and buttons for easy fitting. It can also be customized to become a dog sweater with hood, sleeves, and a hole for the leash.
Finding the best dog sweater is just one of the many ways to really take care of your furry friends. Here are other great tips to ensure that your dogs are living their best possible life under your care:
First Steps in Canine Education: Training your dog may sound difficult and overwhelming, but this article explains that it is definitely not as hard as you (might have been led) are led to believe. Read more about how to start your pet’s canine education and what you can do to help ease this process.
Canine Manners: How to Be a Conscientious Dog Owner: Are you a first time dog owner? Know more about the tips and tricks of doggy etiquette, so you and your fur baby can have the best possible relationship. This way, you will not find yourself in any mishap with your neighbors in the future.
Paws and Claws Baby!: Sometimes, a good spa day is just what you need to relax and unwind. This article explains why your pets may need their own spa days too! This can be done by using aromatherapy scents to fully relax your pets or by getting nails done with easy-to-apply dog pawdicure polish pens.