Top Tips through Winter with your dog

Getting your walking boots on in the depths of winter in the rain, wind and sometimes snow, is not very appealing, but that is part and parcel of dog ownership.   Dogs still need to be exercised whatever the weather.  It can be said that even dogs are not always so enthusiastic either! However, you can learn to love your winter walks with the right preparation.

  • BE SEEN WHEN WALKING

    Stay within well lit areas and wide pavements when walking in built up areas. Keep your dog walking by your side away from the traffic. Invest in some high-visability gear for yourself and your dog.  Hi-Vis collars and dog jackets will make sure he is seen by motorists and by you. Walking with your dog off lead in the dark is not advisable.  Always carry a torch. A head torch is a good idea to keep your hands free.   Walk with friends if you can.  If you are alone make sure you walk in familiar surroundings and consider carrying a personal alarm for added safety.

  • KEEP WARM IN WINTER

    Invest in a good quality Gortex waterproof jacket.  Add a good pair of waterproof walking boots and/or wellingtons with thermal socks and you are good to go.  Don’t forget a waterproof cap or hat.  Consider getting your dog different types of dog coats for all occasions and always keep a spare in the car.  The fleece dog coat and jumpers are great for putting on for the journey home or during the walk as they are weatherproof, lightweight and warm.  It is not a good idea to have your dog’s coat clipped too short during the winter months.  Keep the hair around his feet trimmed to prevent the build up of ice balls between the pads and toes.

  • KEEP YOUR CAR AND HOME MUD FREE

    Mud and rain are unavoidable during the winter, so make sure your car and house is mud and wet dog friendly. Dirt trapper house and car mats will absorb mud and moisture and help keep your home and car clean.  High absorbent dog towels are also useful to keep in the car for drying off after a very wet walk. Then pop on a fleece jumper to keep your dog warm!

  • CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST

    Make sure you are prepared for the conditions.  If it does start to snow heavily while you are out, put your dog on the lead.  Snow can affect his sense of smell and could make him feel a bit disorientated.

  • ENJOY THE WINTER SEASON

    Popular areas that are normally jam packed during the summer, tend to be a lot quieter during the winter.  There is nothing like a frosty winter walk with a touch of winter sun – perfect for photography.  But do beware of flood water as there is often a strong current, so keep your dog under control.

  • WINTER WALKING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BORING

    Winter walking often means you have to keep your dog on the lead. Let him sniff – smells are very important and using the nose keeps your dog’s brain busy. Changing your usual routine helps to make it a bit more interesting.  Take a toy or ball with you and stop regularly for a game.  This is the best time to top up your dog’s training.  Make the most of your time together and brush up on basic commands like sitting at the roadside before you cross the road.

  • KEEP YOUR DOG WARM AND SNUG AT HOME

    Get him a new dog bed for the winter. Paws Plus One has many designs and sizes for all breeds. Waterproof dog beds and mats are great for keeping in the kitchen and can be easily wiped down.  The Luxury waterproof mattress and the Quilted dog bed are fab products for practicality without the loss of comfort.  A personalised dog blanket would make a very pleasing Christmas gift for a dog lover.

 

 

 

Having a Jack RusellAbout the Jack Russell Dog

From the beginning of this year the Jack Russell Terrier was given pedigree status by the Kennel Club. Although a very popular little dog, the Jack Russell has not previously been recognised as a breed, but more identified as a ‘type’ due to the wide diversity of dogs that can be described as Jack Russell’s.

The Kennel Club now records Jack Russell births through its voluntary registration system and in April 2016 a breed standard was published.

The Jack Russell is a popular town or country dog. It was originally bred to hunt rats and as a typical terrier is a feisty, hyperactive little dog. It will chase anything that moves and can often be snappy, but is fun loving and affectionate. They can be a handful to manage and train and probably not ideal for the novice dog owner, or those potential dog owners who do not have the time to give him plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They are intelligent and can be willful little characters, so it is vitally important that they know who is in charge, or they will command that role! Be careful not to let this dog develop ‘Small Dog Syndrome’!

Jack Russell Tips!

Jack Russells need to be well socialised. Those dogs that are allowed to take charge can become aggressive with other dogs.

The Parson Jack Russell Terrier is a less common version of the Jack Russell described above and the line was developed by Reverend Jack Russell who was a sporting Parson from Devon and a founding member of the GB Kennel Club. He bred this wire haired terrier with longer legs to keep up with the horse on the hunt, but small enough to burrow and bolt foxes. The Rev Jack Russell preferred wire haired dogs, but apart from the coat and longer legs, is almost identical to the smooth haired strain.

The Jack Russell is a good companion dog, but may not fit well with a family of small children.

Jack Russell’s will adapt to town living as long as they have plenty of exercise, without which they may become a nuisance with excessive barking and displaying separation anxiety through boredom. When left alone, it is a good idea to leave stimulating toys such as those that you can stuff with treats to keep them occupied.

Being a small dog, a smaller padded dog bed with sides for support that they can snuggle into would be ideal in place of a mattress dog bed.

Having a short coat, the Jack Russell would benefit from a dog coat or jumper in the colder weather to keep it comfortable and warm. For more information on choosing a dog or Jack Russell please contact us.

Does my dog really need a winter coat?

“Dogs look silly in jumpers”! Some people may think that, but certain dog breeds actually need help to keep warm in the winter weather.

It’s not surprising that some of the smaller dogs such as the toy breeds, Chihuahua’s, Miniature Pinscher and similar companion dogs may need some extra protection. Short haired dogs and those that are lean, such as the whippet and greyhound would also benefit from a warm coat or jumper for their daily walk to save shivering.

A warm dog coat is also recommended if your dog lives in an area that regularly has low temperatures below zero or has a particularly wet climate during the winter. This applies to all breeds including Labradors and even those that are acclimatised to low temperatures. Unless your dog has a double coat, most dogs do not have much hair on their stomachs which is exposed to the cold.

Senior dogs or dogs recovering from illness or injury may not be so mobile or able to run around easily to keep warm. A warming coat or jumper would be just the job for an older Labrador or other breed to keep their body temperature high and allow them to enjoy being outside.

Double coated dogs are already well equipped to brave the elements of the winter weather, so it is not recommended to put a coat or jumper on that kind of breed.

Choosing a dog coat

Dog coats are made in a variety of fabrics, but fleece and wool are the most popular and also the waterproof types which are great for wetter and snowy areas. Always buy a coat that is easy to care for so it is always dry and readily available for those wet and muddy days.

A dog jumper should fit snugly and cover most of your dog’s chest and stomach, with the exception of a male dog. The coat should fit right down the back to the base of the tail, leaving the legs free so he can easily run, walk and toilet.

Coats in particular, can be difficult to find a good fit for your dog. This is especially so if they are very slim or more portly. Look for a coat that has a wrap-around strap which is more adjustable. Product sizes vary a lot, so it is best to measure your dog to make sure you get the right fit. Take your dog’s measurement as shown.

Does My Labrador Need A Coat In Winter

For some dog’s warm clothing is a necessity in the cold weather so make his winter walks are more comfortable and enjoyable with the right winter gear.

If you need any help in choosing the correct dog coat please contact us.

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How to measure for dog coats and jumpers

It is important to get the right fit for  and its useful to know how to measure for dog coats and jumpers.

For dog coats measure from the base of the neck to the base of the tail.   It is best to opt for a coat that has a wrap around strap so it will fit any size of middle!  If your dog has a long back and slim middle, you may find that some coats are far too large and flap about in the tummy area.

For dog jumpers it is advisable to size up and go for the larger size .

The T Shirt Body is designed to fit snug so accurate sizing is important.

The size chart and breed chart below is for guidance only when ordering the dog coats, jumpers and the T Shirt body available on the Paws Plus One website.

Collar to Tail Chest Neck Size
28–34cm (11–14″) 33–40cm (13–16″) 22–27cm (9–11″) XS
35–44cm (14–18″) 43–52cm (17–20″) 30–35cm (12–14″) S
45–55cm (18–22″) 55–64cm (22–25″) 36–42cm (14–16″) M
56–66cm (22–26″) 67–76cm (26–30″) 43–49cm (17–19″) L
66–76cm (26–30″) 78–87cm (31–34″) 49–55cm (19–22″) XL
 

 

 

XS – Extra Small

Affenpinscher
Chihuahua
Yorkshire Terrier
Miniature Jack Russell
Manchester Terrier – Toy
Miniature Pinscher
Norfolk Terrier
Norwich Terrier
Papillon
Pekingese
Toy Poodle

 

 

 

 

 

 

S – Small

Bichon Frise
Bedlington Terrier
Border Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Chinese Crested
Cavalier King Charles
Fox Terrier
Italian Greyhound
Jack Russell
Lakeland Terrier
Lhasa Apso
Manchester Terrier – Standard
Miniature Poodle
Miniature Schnauzer
Pomeranian
Shih Tzu

M – Medium

Australian Kelpie
American Water Spaniel
Basenji
Beagle
Border Collie – Small
Cocker Spaniel
English Bull Terrier
Springer Spaniel
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Tibetan Terrier
Vizsla – small
Whippet

 

 

 

L – Large

Airedale Terrier
Afghan Hound
Border Collie
Boxer
Dalmation
Greyhound
Labrador – small
Lurcher
Pointer
Poodle
Saluki
Schnauzer
Setter
Springer Spaniel – Large
Vizsla

 

XL – Extra Large

Doberman Pinscher
German Shepherd
Large Labrador
Large Dalmation
Retriever
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rottweiler
Weimaraner

 

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Dog Coats Need The Right Dog Coat

The domestic dog’s coat or hair may be made up of a double coat or a single coat. A double coat dog will have a soft hair undercoat for insulation and a tougher top coat made up of stiffer hair to repel dirt and water. This is often referred to as a ‘fur coat’, a good example of that will be the Newfoundland. The single coated dog will not have the soft hair undercoat and are often short and medium haired breeds.

It could be said that dog’s have their own coats so why do they need another? Well, in cold weather we put on extra layers of clothing to keep warm and a hat for our hairy heads, so why should our dog’s not have extra protection in extreme weather. Short haired dogs in particular fall into this category and also those dogs that are clipped regularly.

Most dog’s hair will grow to a certain length and then stop and it will shed, but some dog’s have hair similar to human hair which will not shed and continues to grow making it necessary to have it cut and groomed. This can be a costly practice, so it is best to protect the dog’s coat from mud and tangles with the right, dog coat!

There are many dog coats on the market for every type of occasion, but generally a padded, waterproof dog coat with an adjustable strap around the dog’s middle is the best option. For the best fit measure your dog from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. Choose an adjustable strap style dog coat so you get the right fit around the middle of your dog.

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For dogs that love swimming or for after a particularly wet walk, or just to keep snuggly and warm when outside the dog fleece coats and dog jumpers are great favourites. They are lightweight and water repellent and easy to keep clean. https://pawsplusone.co.uk/product/hotterdog-fleece-dog-jumper/. These are also great for use with working dogs after a day out in the field. For dog jumpers, it is best to go for the larger size. To show you how to measure see video.

Dog coats are not only for keeping warm, but also for keeping cool in the hot summer months or after strenuous exercise. Cooling dog coats are available that will help bring your dog’s temperature down and great for dogs that do flyball, agility or other sporting activities.

 

For help with measuring your dog or if you are unsure on what size or dog coat, dog jumper to choose please do not hesitate to contact us

Dog Coat to help with allergies

Does your dog suffer with allergies during the summer months or all the time? Dogs suffer with allergies just as much as humans and there are many allergens which can develop into all year round problems for your dog. The most common allergy is grass and pollen. The allergy is not likely to go away so the best thing is to help control the symptoms.

The most obvious symptom is scratching. They will get itchy around the ears, eyes and feet, often between the toes, groin, armpits and anus. The itching will cause them to chew their paws, constant head shaking and face rubbing and bottom scooting. Extreme scratching can cause broken skin and infection and hair loss.

Using the T Shirt Body dog coat to help with allergies is a great help to keep the pollen and grass seeds away from your dog’s tummy. Paws Plus One can supply the T Shirt Body dog coat which is 98% cotton and 2% elastane so it fits snuggly for protection.

The T-shirt Body dog coat is also the perfect garment for dogs with rashes, hair loss or for keeping dressings in place after veterinary treatment. In addition, the use of a T-shirt Body dog coat is highly recommended by canine behaviourists as a “protective portable hug” to calm a dog when anxiety strikes – for instance during thunderstorms and firework displays and halloween parties!

To help control the symptoms

* After walking in the fields, always wash your dog down, particularly his paws. Keep him off newly cut grass.

* Keep your dog indoors during early the morning and evening when the pollen count is high.

* Keep bedding clean, using a perfume free detergent

* Use cotton for bedding rather than wool based products

Antihistimine can be given e.g. Piriton (not the non-drowsy version). Please consult your vet before giving this medication.