How To Keep A Dog Warm Outside

In the colder months, as the frosty air begins to bite and the ground becomes blanketed in snow, our canine companions, just like us, need extra warmth and protection. Dogs, despite their fur, are susceptible to the harsh elements of winter, and it's our responsibility as pet owners to ensure they remain warm and comfortable when spending time outdoors. Whether it's for a brisk walk, playtime, or just lounging in the backyard, ensuring your dog is adequately insulated from the cold is paramount for their health and well-being.

However, how do we strike the right balance between nature's chill and our dog's natural body warmth? How do we recognize when it's too cold for them, and what measures can we take to ensure their safety? If you're pondering these questions, you're in the right place. Keep reading to learn more about effective strategies to keep your furry friend warm and protected during those chilly outdoor excursions.

Shelter: A Warm Haven for Your Dog

Dogs, much like humans, crave a warm space during the frosty winter months. Ensuring they have an adequately insulated place to take refuge in when they're outdoors is vital. While we humans have the luxury of our homes to keep warm, dogs benefit from specialized outdoor shelters like dog igloos. These shelters are designed keeping in mind the canine's natural need for warmth and security. During the particularly colder days of winter, adding an outdoor heated bed or pad to these shelters can make a significant difference in their comfort levels. These heated pads not only promise warmth but are designed for utmost comfort. 

A Good Blanket

Blankets have been a staple of comfort and warmth for both humans and animals alike for centuries. However, when it comes to our furry companions, the typical household blanket might not always meet the mark in terms of functionality. This is where specialized dog blankets, like the PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket, come into play.

The PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket isn't just any blanket; it's a patented solution designed specifically with your pet in mind. While traditional blankets may succumb to the wear and tear that pets bring, this throw blanket is crafted to withstand the challenges while offering immense comfort. It seamlessly blends into your home decor, ensuring that aesthetics aren't compromised in the quest for functionality.

Benefits of the PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket:

Stylish Protection: One of the standout features of this blanket is its dual functionality. It doesn't just serve as a warm layer for your pet but also acts as a stylish protector for your furniture, car seats, and other vulnerable areas. Pet owners often grapple with the task of keeping their spaces free from pet hair, dirt, and potential scratching damage. This blanket addresses these concerns with finesse.

Waterproof Lining: Spills and accidents are part and parcel of pet ownership. The PupProtector™ is designed with a waterproof internal lining, ensuring that no liquids seep through. This feature is a boon for pet owners, saving them from the additional task of cleaning up after unexpected spills.

Easy Maintenance: Pet products that are hard to clean can be a deterrent for many. However, the PupProtector™ Throw Blanket is machine washable, ensuring that maintenance is a breeze. When it's time for a wash, simply pop it in the machine on a cold delicate cycle and hang it to dry. The easy-care nature of this blanket ensures it remains fresh and clean for your canine companion.

Quality Materials: Crafted with plush faux fur on one side and ultra-soft microsuede on the other, the blanket is not only durable but also supremely comfortable. Such attention to material ensures that your pet gets a luxurious experience each time they snuggle up.

Incorporating the PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket into your pet care routine is a step towards ensuring comfort for your pet and peace of mind for you. Whether it's draped over the couch, spread out in the car, or just laid out for a cozy nap, this blanket is sure to be a cherished accessory in any pet-friendly household.

Hydration: Essential Even in the Cold

A dog playing outside in the snow

Many people mistakenly believe that staying hydrated is primarily a concern during the hot, summer months. However, the reality is that the cold can be just as taxing on a dog's hydration levels. While snow might seem like an accessible source of water for dogs, it is not advisable in large amounts. Investing in something like a thermal bowl can be particularly useful during winter. It ensures that the water doesn't freeze, providing dogs with consistent access to fresh water. Prioritizing their hydration might play a role in maintaining their overall well-being during the cold months, making them feel warmer and more comfortable.

Looking for the perfect blend of style and functionality for your pet's bedding? Try on of our luxurious Waterproof Throw Blankets

Grooming: Less is More

Winter calls for a slight shift in how we approach our dog's grooming. Over-bathing can potentially strip their skin of essential oils, making it dry—something that's particularly problematic in the cold, arid conditions of winter. On the flip side, letting their fur grow out a little more during these months can act as an added protective layer against the cold. However, it's equally important to trim the hair that grows between their toes. This hair can trap ice, snow, and even harmful chemicals from de-icers. Proper grooming isn't just about making your dog look good; it might also play a role in their overall comfort and well-being during the cold season.

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Apparel and Protection: Dressing for the Weather

For some, dressing their dogs might seem like a mere fashion trend. However, during the biting cold of winter, it's more about function than fashion. Especially for breeds with shorter or thinner coats, outerwear like sweaters or jackets can be essential. The key is to choose apparel that offers full coverage—from the base of their tail right up to their neck, and also covering their belly. Beyond clothing, a dog's feet might need protection. Booties or simple solutions like petroleum jelly can shield their pads from the freezing ground, salt, and other chemicals. After outdoor adventures, it's essential to give them a good wipe-down, making sure no remnants of ice, salt, or chemicals are left clinging to their fur or skin.

Nutrition and Safety: Additional Considerations

A cute dog wearing a sweater outside

Just as humans might need more fuel during colder months, dogs too may benefit from a slight increase in their food intake. The colder environment means their body might work overtime to generate heat, so some extra calories might help in maintaining their energy levels. While summer car trips with our furry friends are often cautioned against due to the risk of overheating, winter presents its own set of challenges. A parked car in winter can become chillingly cold, acting almost like a refrigerator. This can be potentially unsafe for dogs. It's always advisable to prioritize your pet's safety, ensuring they're never left in such conditions.

Keeping Your Canine Cozy

Ensuring your furry friend remains warm and comfortable during the colder months is more than just an act of love—it's a responsibility. As we've explored, there are numerous strategies and products that can aid in this endeavor, from shelters to appropriate grooming. While making these outdoor adjustments, it's also important to consider the indoor environment. For those seeking high-quality dog beds and bedding that seamlessly blend with home decor, check out Paw. Every product at is not just an item but an in-house designed masterpiece. With a dedicated team of pet lovers overseeing material selection and rigorous testing (by both dogs and humans), you can be confident in both the style and functionality of each offering.


Elevate your pet's lounging experience with one of our Waterproof Throw Blanket. Not only does it offer a lavish feel, but it also ensures protection against unexpected spills and messes. 

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