Kathy’s Dog’s MUST HAVES For Surviving Winter!
by Kathy Santo | Updated: Mar 5 2019
With winter weather on the horizon for most of the US, the change in season means more than just holiday celebrations. It means pulling out the winter gear for yourself as well as your dog. Since I’ve lived in the northeast the majority of my life (except for a short stint in Florida), I know what it takes to winterize every member of my family!
Winter can be really tough on your dog’s paws! I’ve used Musher’s Secret (a wax-based cream) to protect my dog’s paws from sand, hot pavement, ice, and salt. Whether I’m hiking in the woods or training my dog on pavement, I’m never without it.
While it does take a few training sessions and patience to acclimate your dog to the idea of wearing boots, it’s a worthwhile endeavor! They protect your dog’s paws while out on walks from non pet-safe ice melts that your town or neighbors have put down.
We love this jacket because it’s water resistant, reversible, reflective, AND comes with a lifetime warranty! Plus, these jackets have a zipper for access to the back clip of your harness!
This jacket is great for walks in colder weather. The outside is a sweater/knit material, and the fleece interior provides the warmth and performance of a fleece jacket. A zippered closure helps make it easier to get on and off, while the design doesn’t limit the dog’s range of motion.
For those COLD rainy walks, we love the Hurtta Drizzle Coat! It has a foil lining to reflect your dog’s own body heat, and has an adjustable rain trap inside the collar to keep water out! The multiple reflectors on the coat also provide maximum visibility in the early morning or night!
Unlike a regular winter jacket, the unique foil lining of this extreme ‘warmer’ jacket reflects the dog’s own body heat, and protects the important muscle groups as well as neck and chest. It also has a hood to protect the dog’s ears and head. We recommend this jacket for those long walks/hikes out in the cold, snowy terrain!
This jacket is perfect for quick walks around town, the park, or long hikes in colder weather! It’s super easy to put on (with just one buckle at the waist), is waterproof, and has reflectors for high visibility!
“Whether your dog is your working K9 partner, riding the wild roads in your motorcycle sidecar, hiking a mountain, or on a hunting excursion – Rex Specs K9 are the perfect goggles for your best friend.”
These goggles help protect your dog’s eyes from harmful elements such as the sun, debris, grass, or brush. These are great for dogs who live in areas of higher elevation where rays from the sun are strong and damaging (which can put your dog is at higher risk for Pannus). They’re a must-have for dogs who love to run through fields or forests where there’s a greater risk for punctures/corneal lacerations from grasses and sticks!
Kathy Santo has spent her entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with her own dogs, she has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.
In Ramsey, Kathy teaches classes, private lessons, and oversees the training of her student’s dogs using her extensive knowledge, experience and intuition to handle problems from the benign to the serious. Her engaging personality has won her the respect and friendship of her many students, who now consider themselves part of her extended family.