Keeping Your Dog Warm In Winter

November 26, 2021 4 min read

Tips to keep your dog warm in winter. Dachshund in the snow wearing a Ginger Ted Thermal Quilted Harness Dachshund Dog Coat

No responsible dog owner wants their beloved canine companion to suffer, or to experience ill health, or a reduced sense of well-being, because of anything that could be easily avoided.

Nonetheless, it’s still unfortunately quite common for many dogs to end up experiencing a great deal of frustration, distress, and difficulty because of things that their owners have simply not taken into proper account, or even noticed to begin with.

Do dogs feel cold?

One of the big issues that often afflicts dogs of various breeds in the colder months of the year – and especially in locations such as the UK where the autumn and winter months can be very much colder than the spring and summer months – is that they end up feeling cold and uncomfortable because of the weather conditions.

As a dog owner, it’s a key responsibility of yours to take care of your pet’s well-being, and a significant part of this will, naturally, have to do with finding reliable ways to keep them warm and comfortable during periods of the year where they might otherwise tend to feel cold and uncomfortable.

Tips to keep your dog warm in winter

Here are just a few tips that might prove helpful when it comes to keeping your dog warm.

Get some warm dog clothes for them

Today, it’s probably fair to say that it’s easier than just about ever before to find warm and cosy clothes for your dogs, whatever their breed, size, and whatever the specific weather conditions you’re trying to guard against.

Ginger Ted have a wide variety of waterproof dog coats and warm dog clothes that can help to keep your dog dry, and can help them to stay warm and clean when the weather is unpleasant.
Benji the Jack Russell in the snow wearing a Tweed Dog Coat by Ginger Ted
If you notice that your dog seems cold a lot of the time, it might be important to keep them wearing warm clothes throughout the winter months, even when they are indoors. This is especially likely to be the case for dog breeds that have short coats and not much body fat, and which were originally bred for warmer locales.

Pay attention to your dogs behaviours and tell-tale signs, and act quickly

If you’re out for a walk and notice certain behaviours from your dog – or, for that matter, even if you’re just at home with your dog – it’s important to be attentive to tell-tale signs that they might be getting cold and uncomfortable.

With dogs, as with people, the longer they are cold for, the more likely it is that they will experience negative health consequences. If your dog has become very cold, it can also be significantly more difficult to warm them up.

If you notice your dog arching their back and tucking their tail between their legs, this is likely to be a sign that they are cold and are trying to conserve heat. Likewise, if your dog is shivering a lot – and doesn’t have a reason to be particularly anxious or excited – this is likely to be a sign of cold, too

If you notice these signs, get your dog out of the cold as soon as you can, and perhaps put them in a dog jumper or another item of dog-friendly clothing that can help to battle against the chill. It’s also a signal that you should probably be cutting your walk short, if you happen to be out and about.

Winter means short days, and it could be you're walking your dog when it's dark, either in the morning or evening or it's just a grey day. HiVis dog coats are a super winter option to ensure you're bright and visible.

HiVis Yellow Bright Dog Coat by Ginger Ted

Give your dog time for their coat to grow back before the cold months

Particularly if your dog is a breed that naturally has a thick and well-insulated hair, you may find that you have to trim it quite regularly – and especially in the hotter months of the year, in order to prevent your dog from becoming overheated and uncomfortable as a result.

Nonetheless, you should avoid trimming your dog's hair in this way too close to the colder months of the year, as your dog’s natural coat may take a significant amount of time to grow out, with the result being that they are essentially left naked when they could most use all the extra fur they could get.

Make sure your dog has a warm and comfortable bed

Making sure that your dog has a warm and comfortable bed is, of course, one of the best ways of helping them to stay warm and avoid catching a chill, as well as experiencing various other undesirable effects, such as a greater risk of illness and heightened stress levels.

As we often stay, there's no such thing as bad weather when you're wearing the right clothes. So, as long as you, and your dog, are suitably dressed, you can enjoy getting outside in winter and have some great adventures, together.