Winter Coat Maintenance

by Naomi
(Owen Sound)

Hello,
Our pyr's coat ices up (especially along his back) when he's outside in winter during the day. Under what conditions should I be concerned about the integrity of his coat? How best to tend to the coat in winter?
I find his coat doesn't always"thaw" out over night in the barn and with these very cold conditions and heavy snowfalls we are experiencing I am concerned for him.
Thank you for your guidance and advice.

Comments for Winter Coat Maintenance

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Dec 28, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Coat
by: Donna

First, ensure you keep his coat is kept groomed. This allows air to flow through it. If it's matted, there is no air circulation. This article explains how the coat works:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/why-you-shouldnt-shave-your-dog-in-summer/

As long as he has access to shelter in the winter, he can choose where he wants to be. Make sure it's an enclosure with snow piled around the outside and hayballs/straw on the inside or simply have an insulated dog house available for him.

If it's a big barn and it's cold inside, have an insulated dog house for him in there. He needs to have options to stay warm. Make sure the flooring is up off the ground and then hay/bed on top of that.

The dog house should be big enough for him to stand up in, lie down fully in and turn around in.

If he chooses not to go in them, then that's fine. They just need to have the option.

Dec 28, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
baby it's cooold outside.....
by: Anonymous

Check the ambient air inside the barn after it has been closed up for several hours.
Strange as this sounds, the inside of a closed barn is often colder than the air outside of it. Filled up with other animals besides the dog, the air will be different due to all the expiration of warm breath. It can become very heavy, damp and very cold. Make sure your barn is well ventilated.
If your dog does not come indoors at all, he should have a good thick coat by now. Remember to groom him regularly as it is important to maintain the 'loft' of the coat. Perhaps a good brush to remove the ice from his back, before you close the barn for the night, would help.
Make sure he has a good nest with a thick hay floor and hay bales stacked around it. The hay floor should feel soft and springy. If it is hard and packed it will not be warm and he will refuse to use it. If you gave him a choice and provide this outside, and the snow covered it, he would be snug as a bug. : )

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Great Pyrenees Questions.








Breaking News

  1. Protective

    Nov 19, 20 07:00 AM

    I have a 5-month-old Mel great Pyrenees named Koda. We've had him since he was 12 weeks old and are absolutely amazed by how quickly he was able to work

    Read More

  2. Darby

    Nov 18, 20 02:29 PM

    This beautiful young year-old Maremma needs to have his confidence built up. We are working on this and is to be continued by his new people. He is fearful

    Read More

  3. Sunny

    Nov 18, 20 02:26 PM

    *ADOPTION PENDING* This young white fluffy mix is a sweet girl who is typical of her primary breed. She gets along with other dogs with proper introduction.

    Read More

  4. Dewclaws - Single and Double

    Nov 18, 20 12:08 PM

    I got three pups from a breeder and 2 of the pups have double dew claws in the back but the 1 only has single dewclaw in the back how is this possible

    Read More

  5. Oliver

    Nov 09, 20 12:45 PM

    Congratulations to Oliver and his family. He has been officially adopted! DOB: March 30, 2019 This big white fluffy––Maremma maybe Retriever cross––came

    Read More

  6. Tucker

    Nov 09, 20 10:06 AM

    Tucker is a 2 year old Great Pyrenees who is a wonderful pet. He enjoys the park and long walks so he can sniff everything. He is our big baby who watches

    Read More

  7. Lying down

    Nov 06, 20 06:18 PM

    When all of the Pyrenees dogs that we have owned and raised lye down, they flop down loud and hard every time. Why? They are quiet otherwise.

    Read More

  8. Alice

    Oct 30, 20 05:04 PM

    Dear pyr rescue, I am greatly saddened to let you know that Alice passed away in October 2019 at the age of 10 years and 4 months. It has been over a

    Read More