Visit A Professional
Most of us use professional dog groomers on a regular basis so now’s a good time to head there again. Getting your dog fully groomed before the bad weather really kicks in is a good idea so they can be ready for the cold weather. Their coat can be trimmed so it’s tidy, any mats or tangles can be removed and their nails can be cut to the correct length.
Brush, Brush, Brush
Being the UK, it’s likely that it’s going to rain pretty regularly during the winter. And because of that it’s likely to be pretty muddy. And because of that your dog’s coat is likely going to be rather messy. Therefore it’s vital that you brush their fur regularly during the winter, removing any tangles before they become much worse.
The area around a dog’s paws is likely to require a bit of attention during the winter months, especially if they are a long-haired breed. Because the fur here is closest to the floor, it easily becomes matted and dirty. Therefore it’s important to trim the coat if it gets too long and ensure no snow or ice becomes trapped in the pads as this can be very painful.
Bathe Them Regularly
Whether you regularly bathe your dog or take them to the groomers for this, you may wish to do so more often in winter. With the cold air, bitter wind and dry indoor conditions, as well as excess mud and dirt, the coat can become dirty and the skin dry. Bathing your dog with a mild shampoo and using a good conditioner can do wonders.
Choose A Dog Coat
While few dogs require extra protection during the winter (their coat is designed for warmth in most conditions), it can be a good idea to invest in a dog coat. There is a huge range available, including waterproof options, wipe clean designs and even under-belly coats to keep your dog really clean.