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From The Coach

by Coach Lilly

Happy Howl-O-Ween everyone! Hope you all had a spook-tacular time this year. Did you see all the amazing winners of our Trick-Or-Treat BOO-zanza contest yet? If not, check them out on the DoggieNation Facebook! Some of my favorite costumes this year were: President Bark Obama, Winnie the Poodle, Katy Pawry and Jabba the Mutt from Star Wars! I love dressing up this time of year, especially when the weather cools down!

Fall is fleeting and winter is well on it’s way! Don’t forget to bundle up, even if you’re just going for a quick walk. Brr, my little paws might freeze! I’ve listed some of my fave tips and tricks to make sure you’re all ready for snow season. I also know how important family is this time of year, so I thought I could give some advice on how to make sure our little less furry friends are safe this season!

Prepare your dog for winter

  • Check out the weather forecast. Aside from the estimated temperatures you will also need to check the RealFeel temperature as they call it. Rain, wind, and humidity can all influence the RealFeel outside, and it is important to know exactly what your dog is being exposed to.
  • Buy your furry friend a jacket when the temperatures begins to drop, especially if the pup has short hair. It will keep him warm, and it’s so very fashionable!
  • Make sure the dog house is prepared for winter. The place must be clean, dry, and completely isolated from rain, snow, and wind.
  • During the colder months, your dog might need more calories than usual if living outside. Take care not to overfeed your pup, and make sure he gets enough exercise.
  • Depending on his age, your dog might be more or less affected by the cold. Puppies and seniors tend to suffer from the cold more than the others.
  • Give your dog a bath only when it is necessary and don’t let him go outside before he is completely dry.

SnowPug

DO’s and DON’Ts for kids + dogs

  • DON’T allow the kids to engage with a dog that is eating or sleeping.
  • DO teach the kids that they shouldn’t try to take toys or bones from the dog’s mouth.
  • DON’T let the kids pull the dog by the tail, fur, or ears.
  • DO tell the kids that dogs should be respected and treated nicely.
  • DO set some rules for kids playing with dogs or living in the same house for both the children and the dog.
  • DON’T leave the kids and dogs unsupervised while playing together.
  • DO invite the kids to get involved in looking after the pup. Let them help with feeding, walking, and playing.

BoyAndPug

What do you call a large dog that meditates?

Aware wolf.

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