Knowing when your dog is cold is key to keeping them comfy and healthy in the winter months. Here are four signs your dog is cold:
- Hunched and Bunched
Like us, when dogs are trying to conserve body heat they scrunch up their bodies. They pull their head down, their tail under and they arch their backs. “Miserable” is the caption. Get them inside where it is warm immediately!
Like us, dogs tremble and shiver in an effort to get warmer. Some small dogs tremble when nervous as well, so know your dog. But if your dog doesn’t normally shake and he is shaking and it’s cold? Assume he IS cold. When in doubt, assume he is cold.
- Lifting One Paw Then Another
Cold dogs stand on three feet then shift to lift another paw off the ground. This can also be a sign that salt is stinging their feet. Either way, they are uncomfortable.
- Doesn’t Stretch
Because they are trying to conserve body heat, they don’t stretch when they get up sleeping or come out of a dog house*.
It is 100% up to us to keep our dogs safe and comfortable year round. A warm dog coat or sweaters can make a big difference. Pip wears a Ruffwear jacket she’s had for many years. Ruffwear gear wears like iron. (Not an ad, just my experience.)
Thank you for reading and caring about the signs your dog is cold. If you have questions, ask below.
* I don’t want any dog in a dog house 24/7 but want this info is available to all. The point is to help the dogs – especially dogs in dog houses. Please bring them in!