Winter is here! And you know what that means – Anyone up for a romp in the snow?!
There’s lots of extremes this time of the year including snow, ice, and wind. Just like the colder weather affects us, so it also affects our dogs.
Goldendoodles have fairly thick fur to help protect them from the cold – but they don’t have undercoats. Which means during the extreme temperatures, they’ll need a bit of extra attention to avoid potential problems.
Let’s read up on some tips for cold weather care for your Goldendoodle that will keep him safe, healthy, and warm.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Generally speaking, most ‘Doodles love playing outdoors no matter what the weather is like. But know your dog’s limits. Think of it this way: if it’s too cold for you, it’s likely too cold for your puppy. Don’t leave your Doodle in extreme cold for long periods of time. Puppies and elderly dogs are more susceptible to freezing temperatures, so be mindful of that when taking them out.
Indoors Is Better
It’s better to bring your Goldendoodles in during the winter months. If your Doodle is an outdoor dog? Then you’ll need to provide extra protection to keep him warm.
For outdoor dogs, an insulated dog house with a covered door and dog bed can offer adequate cold weather protection, but keep an eye on the temperatures and bring your outdoor dogs inside if the temperatures fall below freezing.
Other Cold-weather Care Practices You Should Know
- Keep their fur long for winter. Since Goldendoodles don’t have undercoats, they need all their fur to stay warm. Just give a quick trim to keep him tidy – including the hair between his toes to help reduce clingy ice balls on his feet.