– First, the size must always be adequate. If it is too tight, the dog will hardly be able to move, and it could try to scratch and rub itself along the walls out of irritation. A coat that is too large, however, will let too much air in and not help the animal stay warm.
– The material must not be synthetic or, worse still, plastic waxed, because these type of fabrics will create a layer of moisture between the dog and the coat that will stagnate on the pet. There are commercially available products that insulate the dog from the snow but let the body breathe at the same time. True, the cost of these products may be significantly more than the others but they guarantee superior protection.3- The furAnother golden rule to keep in mind when you take your dog out in the snow is not to groom him. The fur is, in fact, the animal's first protection against the elements. When it's cold, the small ice crystals that form in the coat should not be pulled out when you come back from a walk but must be dissolved with patience with the help of a hair dryer before you comb. Being knowledgeable about the physical features of the breed of your dog is a sign of love.If it is the first time that our four-legged friend has seen the snow, we can expect some erratic and amusing behaviour. You may see your dog eat the snow, roll, jump like a grasshopper, or even dig a hole to dive in to or simply refuse to budge and not want to continue: all these things are part of a new experience you will share together.And together you'll make some great memories to take home with you. Article authored by Luca Scanavacca, dog trainer