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How to Keep Your Puppy or Dog Warm in the Cold

Updated on June 21, 2014
Dog in Snow
Dog in Snow

There are some simple ways to keep your puppy or dog warm and dry during those cold winter months. I love dogs and am a pet owner, so I make sure that my dogs have all that they need to be comfortable. Here are some tips for you.

Dog in snow image by misteraitch at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.


  • Bedding
  • Blankets
  • Clothing
  • Shelter
  • Fresh water


  • None needed.


1. Be sure your dog has a warm shelter. If at all possible, keep your dog indoors when temperatures drop really low outside. It's understandable that you may not want a dog who isn't housebroken inside, but perhaps limit your pet to one room, such a bathroom at nighttime.

If this is not an option, then make sure there is a structure outside, such as a dog house. Be sure to put in some warm bedding or blankets. Now if you have a dog that sleeps indoors, that dog would probably enjoy a bed, too. If this isn't an option, merely spread an old blanket on the floor. If you would like to take this one step further, you could always get a dog heating pad.

Bedding image by Howard O. Young at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

2. Check that there is always fresh water. This may sound like a given, but in areas where temperatures drop below freezing, water in the water bowls may freeze. Sadly, there have been dogs who have died of dehydration for this exact reason. A simple solution to this would be to use a heated water bowl.

Image by basykes at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

3. If your dog tends to get cold easily, get a nice, warm sweater. We have a puppy pomchi, (a mix of Chihuahua and Pomeranian,) and the first time she went outside when the weather began to get cold, she starting shaking. Needless to say, she now has some sweaters. In addition, if you plan to have your dog out in the snow much, think about getting some doggy shoes.

Image by speedystep01 at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Please add any suggestions you have as to how to keep a puppy or dog warm.

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    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      4 years ago

      I don't have dogs, but I would definitely use these tips, if I had one. Excellent lens!

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      The cold can be very difficult for small dogs.

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @DuaneJ: I hope so.

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Merrci: Glad you like them.

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Merrci: Thank you Merci!

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @takkhisa: Thanks little brother.

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Winter can be a harsh experience to animals, especially small ones are vulnerable. Thanks for the tips.

    • DuaneJ profile image


      5 years ago

      These tips are sure to keep them warm and snug!

    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Good idea for a lens and sweet suggestions!

    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      Good advices! I would keep them in my mind, thanks for sharing :)


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