small dog syndrome was coined as a result of small sized dogs exhibiting certain behaviors
Sometimes dogs’ fur isn’t enough to protect them during the winter. Short-haired, very young and small dogs are especially vulnerable in the cold. Dog trainer Steffi Trott noted that small breed dogs are more prone to the dangers of extreme temperatures compared to medium and large dog sizes. There are several ways to keep even the smallest dog warm when it's cold. But let's find out the telltale signs that your dog is cold.
Hypothermia can occur quickly in a cold small dog. So, if your dog exhibits one of these signs, it may be too cold for him and you have to make sure to keep him warm immediately. Start by bringing him indoors and wrapping him in a blanket or sweater.
TIP #1: Use dog boots. Dog boots not only keep your furry friend safe from the harsh winter road salt but also protect him from freezing surfaces like ice during winter walks. You can find the best dog boots in stores or online easily. Make sure to look at the measurements first before ordering them.
Smaller dogs often need an extra layer of protection when it’s cold outside- this means adding another blanket or towel to your dog's bed. Small treats and a warm-up spot for resting by the fire make a big difference in restoring warmth.
Another tip shared by Steffi is that the smallest dogs will benefit from a heating pad too if they’re not okay with a blanket on their dog beds. They give off great warmth and can be used whenever needed. Avoid electric blankets, microwavable heat pillows are better.
Another way to keep small breed dogs warm during winter is by utilizing doggy sweaters, vests or even baby blankets that provide enough heat without adding any extra weight. Dogs don't always have an undercoat like humans so it makes sense that they aren't able to regulate temperature as well as we are – this is where dog clothes come in handy.
If you think your smallest dog needs more warmth than just the clothes, you can use a portable heater or space heaters to stay warm. A ceramic one is best but they are pricey so electric heaters are an alternative. The smallest dogs need it the most!
During cold spells, always make sure to take small breed dogs outside on a leash – never let them out alone because their natural instinct is hiding from danger and if there’s a scary noise or wind outside they may run off without warning. Keep them close by
Do not shave your dog in the winter, it is so dangerous for their smallest dog breeds to be cold. When they are shaved during the winter, they lose part of their protective coat that helps keep them warm.
If possible, cut walks or outdoor activities and dog exercises short. Consider these indoor activities to keep your pup active entertained.
Steffi is an energizer bunny who loves everything related to animals, the outdoors and – of course – training!
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There are several ways to keep even the smallest dog warm when it's cold.