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. House Training - Not understanding

    Aug 17, 18 08:02 AM

    My female great pyreene is 5 months old and just doesn't get it. She will look at me squat and pee afterjust being outside. I have a male great dane that

    Read More

  2. Seth

    Aug 13, 18 08:29 AM

    *ADOPTED* Our little man went through arthroscopic surgery on both elbows and a neuter all at the same time. Normally, we wouldn't go through elbow surgery

    Read More

  3. Dew Claws - At what age for they get them?

    Aug 12, 18 02:58 PM

    At what age do the get their double few claws?

    Read More

  4. Athena

    Aug 10, 18 09:43 AM

    This sweet 5-year old girl was surrendered to us by his very reluctant guardian. However, due to circumstances beyond his control, he let her come to us

    Read More

  5. Aggression - Resource Guarding

    Aug 06, 18 12:11 PM

    We very recently adopted a female pyr mix, she looks pure but it’s guessed that she’s also retriever or lab. We know she’s one year and three months old,

    Read More

  6. Testicles on female Pyr?

    Jul 27, 18 12:07 PM

    Can a female great pryenees female have testicals?

    Read More

  7. Bathe or not to bathe

    Jul 27, 18 12:06 PM

    We have a rescue named Duke! Not sure how old he is,but believe at least 6.He was apox 75 pounds and now is at least 120. very loving dog but does not

    Read More

  8. My two are the same

    Jul 27, 18 11:56 AM

    I haven't had any incidents like that. But my two, Sargent and Shelby have always been cautious. They're very friendly. But when they immediately sense

    Read More