How to Choose the Perfect Coat for Your Dog?

Coat for Your Pet Dogs: What Kind of Pet Coat Should You Buy?

We live in the Chicago area where sub-zero temperatures are the norm in January. Most dogs wear coats in the windy city deep freeze.   But what about in places with normal winters, do dogs really need coats? Some dogs with thick fur stay warm on their own as long as they stay dry. But others – shorthaired or short-legged dogs, seniors and puppies, toy breeds, thin dogs without much body fat, and dogs with chronic health or immune system issues – need the extra protection when the temperatures drop. 1. Does It Fit? A coat should give your dog … Continue reading

5 Tips for Making Cold Winter Nights With Your Dog Fun!

Winter Nights With Your Pet Dog: How to Enjoy Time With Your Dogs

It’s that time of year again where it’s cold and dark at 16:00 and depending if you live in the city, suburbs or country you still need to keep your dog’s learnt behaviors sharp and maybe just maybe you can venture into new territory and work on some new things during these few winter months.   So what can you work on in the house?  Here are a few suggestions: Verify your dog’s understanding of cues or better yet… What have you really taught your dog?   Ask your dog for simple behaviors like: sit, down, stand. Now can you … Continue reading

Fun Activities to Keep Your Dog Active This Winter

Winter Tips for Your Pet Dogs to Enjoy

Even when the weather is cold, there are still so many fun activities to keep your dog healthy and happy!   It’s important to make sure your dog gets plenty of playtime and exercise all year round, so why not try a few of these fun winter games and activities on a cold day? Go Outside! Snow and cold weather don’t automatically make play time outside impossible. In fact, your dog will love hopping around the in the snow and getting some fresh air. If it’s snowing out, make sure your dog is equipped with some dog booties and a … Continue reading

Keep Your Dog (& Yourself) In Shape This Winter With These Simple Exercises!

Winter Tips for You and Your Pet Dog!

How to stay fit in the winter time… a few easy exercises for you and your dog!   Let’s face it, when it is dark, cold and wet outside you don’t want to go out and play. But your dog? He’s ready for adventure and has energy to burn, so there has to be a happy medium, right? During the winter months it is hard to get in the same level of physical activity for your dog, which can lead to weight gain or worse yet destructive behavior. Here are a few fast and easy games to play with your … Continue reading

6 Winter Pet Items to Bring on Your Holiday Travels

Winter and Travel: Keeping Your Dogs Safe

As you prepare to visit your family and friends for the holiday season, I’m sure you are busy getting all of the gifts together and probably completing some early packing as well. In addition to your standard road trip preparation, you might want to start thinking about what your pet will need, especially during the winter season. On our road trips with Rooney, there are always a handful of items that we consider our essentials. However, during the winter season, there are some new essentials. To decrease the holiday chaos you are currently experiencing, I thought it would be helpful … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Senior Dog Comfortable This Winter

Winter Season for Dogs? Keeping Your Dogs Happy

Let it snow, let it snow! Winter is a wonderful time to celebrate gratitude and family with your senior dog.   Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes more dangers and discomforts for your pooch. Read on below for some easy ways you can keep your senior dog happy and comfortable during the cold season. Getting Outside No matter your dog’s age, exercise is very beneficial to your dog’s well-being and comfort. Exercise can reduce the risk of obesity, and help your dog enjoy their last years feeling their best. Your senior dog might grow accustom to lounging around inside, so … Continue reading

Winter Is Coming … Important Tips for Protecting Your Pets

Winter Safety Tips for Your Pet Dogs

Fans of the popular HBO series the “Game of Thrones” are accustomed to attacks from dragons and the unexpected deaths of some of their favorite characters. The phrase “winter is coming” has become synonymous with this fictional favorite, but the approach of colder months shouldn’t mean that any harm should come to our beloved pets. While lurking death and danger from above in the form of fire-breathing dragons often happens in an instant while viewing this show, here in the real world, flying animals like bats can carry dangerous diseases like rabies and other potential health problems for our pets. … Continue reading

10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors This Winter

Winter Season for Your Pet Dogs! How to Have Fun and Enjoy…

When winter is here in full strength, and the weather is just too cold to spend as much time outside with your dog as you normally would… what could you possibly do to keep you and your dog occupied?   Playing in the snow is fun, and your dog might even enjoy it. But lets face it, sometimes its nice to just stay all warm and snug as a bug in a rug indoors. Today, I would like to share my 10 ways to keep your dog busy indoors. 1. Hide and sniff!   Put a k-9 spin 0n the … Continue reading

How Wool Helped My Dog Stay Warm!

Wool Benefits for Your Pet Dog

As a sheep farmer, spinner, knitter and general lover of wool, I know what a wonderful fiber wool is. And I utilized that amazing fiber to help my best friend, Bayou, a coon-hound mix with very little hair and a thyroid problem deal with the coldest winter in history. My family and I live on a small sheep farm in upstate New York.  It’s an old farmstead with a house built about 1850. It’s a challenge to keep our old home warm in the winter, especially during last winter – the coldest winter ever recorded in history. Our dog also … Continue reading