4 ways to ready your dog for a long winter’s nap

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as temperatures plummet it’s important to know how to help your dog stay cozy for nap times and night times. winter can make it difficult for your pup to say warm, dry and clean – but follow these tips to make sure she has the perfect resting place for a long winter’s nap all season long.

1//  keep her clean

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snow, sludge and mud are mainstays of winter and can wreak havoc on your dog’s coat. keeping her fur free of mats, snow balls and grime will help her stay warmer and healthier throughout the season. it also means her bed stays clean and dry, providing a more comfortable place to rest. she doesn’t want to sleep on a dirty, stinky bed…and you don’t want one of those in your house anyway!

2// keep her warm

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there’s nothing worse than laying down for a well-earned nap when it has to happen in a cold, drafty corner of the room. even the best insulated doors and windows can have cold air around them. do your pup a favor and move her bed to a warmer part of the room. if she’s a really good dog, you could even put her bed near the fireplace or a warm vent. just make sure they are dog-proofed so she can’t burn herself – she wants to be toasty, not toasted.

3// keep her cozy

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make sure your dog has a well-stuffed bed for the winter months. extra stuffing will keep her further off the cold floor, which will keep her warmer and help keep the stiffness out of aging joints. if truth be told, the best material to stuff with for winter is wool – wool is naturally warming, dirt resistant, water repellant and self cleaning. can you think of a better dog bed for winter?

4// keep her close

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when the days are short and the nights are cold sleeping with your pup can be a really great way for you both to stay warm. your dog’s body temperature is 3 to 4 degrees higher than yours, making her a natural-born heater. she will also provide comfort, ease anxiety and cause the release of oxytocin, the cuddle hormone! sleeping with you will also make her very happy. and isn’t that what life is all about anyway?