Do you, by chance, have a snow dog? It may surprise you to know that snow dogs aren’t an official AKC group: most dogs in this category are actually part of the working group. However, pooches with thick fur, such as Malamutes, huskies, Samoyeds, and Akitas are often thought of as snow dogs. These pretty pups are often truly gorgeous, and they can make very lovable and fun pets. But still, they do have some specific needs. A vet discusses snow dog care below.
Good Grooming Is A Must
So what’s the hard part about having a very pretty, fluffy dog? That pretty fur is going to end up everywhere. This means regular brushing is a must. You’ll want a brush specifically made for undercoats. Vacuum attachments or handheld vacuums will also help. Though you never want to clip or shave Fido. This can damage his undercoat.
Don’t Clothe Fido
Unlike a Chihuahua or Boxer, Fido is much more equipped to deal with the cold. So you never need to put clothing on your canine pal; he could overheat! However, he may need a cooling vest or even a kiddie pool of cool water in the summer.
Offer Plenty Of Exercise
Many snow dogs are very active. For instance, Huskies have worked as sled dogs, and they’re pretty much hardwired to want to run. Offer your furry buddy lots of playtime and toys. Otherwise, he may become a real mischief-maker. Also, these guys need a strong, sturdy fence.
Training Is A Must
Be sure that Fido responds to basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, and Come. Since pulling is quite natural for many of these pups, some extra work may be needed with Heel.
Have A Singalong
Snow dogs tend to be quite vocal. Fido probably won’t bark that much, though: he’ll more likely sing or howl. This is natural behavior, so it’s not something to ever punish your canine buddy for. Instead, go with it, and sing along with him!
Do Breed Research
Dogs are often prone to developing breed-specific health conditions, and snow dogs are no different. Do some reading about your furry bff, and find out what he may be susceptible to. This is very important, since it can help you take preventative measures and/or spot problems early. Ask your vet for care tips.
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