Winter car Care Myths
Fact: A dog’s bed, kennel or “comfy spot” should be kept away from any drafty areas. Though dogs have a fur coat, cold can and does affect them. If you feel a draft or cold, then chances are your dog is feeling that same cold air. Keep dog beds off of heating vents, but in a spot that keeps them warm and secure.
Myth: Most liquids on frozen winter sidewalks are water or melted snow.
Fact: If dogs have access to the family garage, take a check for any antifreeze containers. Clean up any spills, do not allow pets to have access to any containers that are poisonous, and do not allow pets to lick or step in any puddles near cars while out on walks. Wipe your dog’s feet when returning home from a walk or outside activity. Keeping a washcloth near your exit/entrance is a good idea – dampen it and wash the dog’s paws before entering your house. If a dog licks his or her feet after walking in antifreeze, this is a serious threat.
Myth: There isn’t much to do with a dog in the winter months, since it is so cold outside and play time is limited.
Fact: The snow is falling and the mercury is dropping, but dogs need physical and mental stimulation year-round. With a little ingenuity and a bit of resourcefulness, you can heighten your pet’s sense of winter fun and frivolity with the following tried-and-true indoor festive games.
Hide-and-seek is a perfect year-round game for dogs (and other pets) of all ages. Not only does this game work perfectly on rainy and snowy days, but it heightens a dog’s sense of smell in a fun and rewarding manner. This game requires two people initially. One person stays with the dog in a room while the other hides. When ready to be sought, the “hidee” lets out a sound to initiate the game. As your pooch scours room to room, occasionally let out a verbal signal. Once found, praise him like he just won an Olympic medal and reward with a treat. Repeat. One caveat: be sure to remove any glass or breakables out of the way: this game stirs up a dog’s inner puppy! Our friends at BlogPaws have more tips for keeping fit with your pet throughout the winter months.
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