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To help you out we have come up with these 12 dog hacks to help you conquer winter with Ninja-like skills. If you have any tips we missed, leave them in the comments and we will add them to the list! 1)Water bowl keeps freezing You would be totally normal to think that hot water will […]

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12 Dog Hacks that will Summon Your Inner Winter Ninja

To help you out we have come up with these 12 dog hacks to help you conquer winter with Ninja-like skills. If you have any tips we missed, leave them in the comments and we will add them to the list!

1)Water bowl keeps freezing

frozen pet waterbowl

You would be totally normal to think that hot water will take longer to freeze, but no!  Hot water actually freezes faster. If you want the water to last longer use basic cold tap water for your dog. Brilliant!

2) Always wipe down your pup after a walk outside

dog paws

Winter is almost worse for dirty paws than summer. They can pick up rock salt, antifreeze & other toxic chemicals. Yuck. Give them a good wipe with disposable wipes or a damp towel and check for any signs of injury or bleeding from walking on the snow and ice.

3) Get them booties or use Vaseline on the paws

pitbull with booties

We know there are some of you out there who are dying to put boots on your dog. Well, it seems now is your moment. Obviously this is a great to way to prevent damage from salt to your pup’s paws during the harsher months. We recommend it for little dogs, but please don’t embarrass the dignified older gentlemen.

4) Let them become a little stinkier

dog in bathtub

We bathe our dogs incessantly. So much so that we probably over do it. So it is helpful to remember in winter to reduce the number of baths. This promotes their natural essential oils to develop. It is very helpful in reducing any chance of dry & flaky skin.

5) Forego the groomer

dog with long hair in his eyes

That’s right. Let their hair grow people. You get a lower grooming bill and they get a nice extra layer of warmth!

6) Feed them more

feeding cute dog

Get this, pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and their skin less dry.

7) Use a tarp to create a dog path

pug in jacket

For those particular pets, ahem. Getting their dainty paws wet in the snow is probably one of the worst things you could ask them to do. They look up at you holding a soggy, cold paw in the air. Looking at you like, really? You want me to walk in this? The best thing we discovered is to lay down a piece of tarp. It’s brilliant really, all you have to do is peel off the tarp and reveal your magically grass. You can thank us later.

8) Checkout your furnace or heater

We’ve all heard the warnings about Carbon monoxide. But it is truly dangerous stuff. This odorless, tasteless, and invisible deadly chemical is responsible for serious health problems. Same goes for your pets. It’s good and responsible to have your heating unit checked once a year for any possible leaks or malfunctions.

9) Keep them warm & play dress up

small dog in jacket

Outdoor boots aside, investing in a doggy sweater or repurposing old kids clothing is super fun. There are so many cute dog clothes out there. We’ve been told dog’s lose most of their body heat through the pads of their feet and their ears and their respiratory tract, so there’s a limit to how much warmth a sweater or jacket will provide. But we still think dogs in sweaters are the best.

10) “Car = refrigerator” in winter

dog in car window

Don’t leave your dog in the car. Just don’t. It’s a terrible idea in the summer and just as bad in the winter. Leaving your dog in there for few minutes can cause real harm, especially if it’s an older frail pup. We know you know better. Right?

11) Be prepared

dog with bone

Obvious, we know. But really cold weather also brings the risks of severe winter weather, blizzards and power outages. We are all about preparation here at Sit Boo-Boo.  A disaster/emergency kit for your pet is a must to include with the family kit. Consider having enough food, water and medicine (including any prescription medications as well as heartworm and flea/tick preventives) on hand to get through at least 5 days. We also recommend chewies and toys so they don’t get bored.

12) TLC!

Last and certainly not least, extra hugs and extra attention. Cuddles are super warm and amazing. We are serious about the extra hugs!

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