Winter care

Poodle Care In Winter. Learn more about your poodle's winter behavior differentiation, how to protect its skin, nose and fur in winter and a lot more useful information about poodles during the cold season.

You should adapt your caring schedule for long winter cold days. Snowy weather has a great impact on your poodle nose, paws, skin state and coat. Poodles demeanor changes as well, so do not be surprised with its appetite shifting.

Your poodle needs special care during those unpleasant cold days.

Here you read about

  • Paw
  • nose
  • skin
  • fur
  • desire for food
  • trembling and shaking movement
  • behavior difference

How to prepare a poodle’s paws to cold weather?

A poodle paws are extremely sensitive to cold air. The cold ground has a great impact on poodle’s paws, especially in the morning when you are supposed to have a walk with your dog. It happened because the nights are extremely cold. A poodle skin suffers from severe winter weather. Ice and salt tend to gather in the paw cracks. It is really hard to avoid, so the best way out is having a paw wax. Your dog’s paw can be wounded by the sand as it causes chemical burn. Sometimes it is extremely painful for poodle to walk on snow, since its toes and pads are vulnerable to it. As your dog does not feel good, it starts licking its paws which cause dry skin. The only way out is having a proper protection. That is as follows:

Paw wax is a very effective way which promises to make slippery road not so dangerous, protect from freezing and chemical impact, provide dry paw skin with water and even cure dry or peeling paws. You have to change a paw wax in four days. Wearing protective doggie boots may be problematic for some poodles. The only difference from a paw wax is that paws are not moisturized and are not cured.

How to protect a poodle’s nose from cold?

A nose of the poodle is vulnerable too. Keep in mind that licking its nose being outside causes cracks. It goes the same when we lick our lips in winter. Low humidity level causes dry air. In this situation poodle moistures its nose with a tongue and, as a result, has a dry skin which needs remedy. Prevent this damage using balsam. Surely, it is really hard to do, but you can do it while playing. A high quality nose balsam both protects your poodle’s skin from cracking and windburn and heals it. For you to remember, if you notice infected fluid or blood between cracks, it is better to consult the vet. It may be dangerous for self-treatment. Rubbing poodle’s nose with the nose balsam one time a day is enough, but for treatment you should increase by two or three times. Basically,  the nose balsam is good not only in winter, but also the year round, especially in the summer.

How to protect skin and fur in winter

poodles in winter

The air is extremely dry in winter so that has a great impact on its fur and skin. Cold air can be heated, but not wetted. The moisture from human and pets’ skin help make the winter air warmer. Dry skin and bad-looking coat is the result of winter air. It is recommended to have regular baths. It makes sense to think if the poodle walks less outside, so it needs less bath procedures. Though, bath not only helps stay clean, but also give a protection to skin.

In addition, bath helps get rid of the bad odor. Body oil works like an alarm clock reminding you that it is time to have your poodle bathed. After this, it seems that a new life has started. Choose a good shampoo and condition or it harms to your poodle skin. See that your poodle’s shampoo is without sulfate, chemical ingredients and balanced PH. Shampoo with an oatmeal base both protects and cures. It is important to use a leave-in product, as your dog is extremely lively. It is more profitable to use and useful for your poodle skin and coat. Use humidifiers for your house to have moisturized air the year round. It copes with your pet’s dry cough, dry eyes or snoring problem. By the way, house plants and bowls with water at your home help as well.

If your dog is unwilling to eat or eat too much

It is common both for dogs and human that the appetites is increasing in winter. But it is not definitely true, since it depends on the life mode is provided. Poodles that eats more in winter, the cold weather is like a sign to gather all the calorie in their body. At the same time poodles that consume less food spend less energy and do not need more calorie. It is better for to adjust to their needs and feed them no more, no less than enough.

Shivering and shaking movement

Be on the alarm when  you see your poodle shivering. Mostly, they are shaking because of the temperature discrepancy. Having a long fur to keep warm helps only to some extent. Still, the long fur is likely to be shaggy. Why do not you wear your poodle according to the temperature? Surely, it is a good idea to do it both inside the house and outside. You can see how relieve your dog will be.

Behavior differentiation

poodle at the nice viewSevere winter weather shows you how to stay for a long period of time home. Initially, you will like it since you are in a cozy house. Soon you wish to leave your house eagerly. The same goes about the dogs. Canine feels down during this period of year, as the walks duration and amount are shortened. Curbed energy is gathered and your dog try to all its best to get rid of it inside your house. Chewing problems, strange behavior and separation anxiety may suddenly pop up. You can help your poodle if you return to your poodle’s schedule. Here are some tips to do this in severe winter. Grab your spade and remove snow from paths and place for game. If you are teaching your poodle for housebreaking, do not stop doing it despite the season. Keep it snowing free all the time.

Try to keep your poodle in move as it is good for its health. Smelling odors and world exploration are also beneficial for your poodle.

Have some games in stock for emergency (when you cannot come out of the house). Fetch or play and seek are good one.

Dressing for the weather is compulsory. It concerns both you and your poodle. The walk usually ends when the owner freezes off. Having an appropriate dressing allows to have your well-developed exercise. Protect your poodle’s chest, back and flanks with two or three sweaters and have a fun.   

To sum it up,

Somebody likes winter, somebody cannot stand his season. Poodles are domestic animals, so they do not suffer from this weather. All in all, elaborate your schedule for every day walk for your poodle to stay healthy and happy.