Winter Dog Care in 1930

Experts gave dog owners these winter dog care tips in 1930 to protect dogs from cold weather.

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Winter soon will blow his rude breath upon us. The dog in winter time demands attention; he has not the active life of the woods to build him up against cold. 

The best protection against cold is a dog much exercised, and being exercised so much, hungry and well-fed. Take your dog on long walks, let him play to his heart’s content in the snow. The only precaution is that your dog must be wiped dry as soon as he enters the house.

Freedom from draft and dampness are the chief housing requirements. Dogs can withstand much cold, if they have a dry, draftless place. Have all ventilation from the top.

Keep beds at least four inches off the floor. Give your dog a rug, blanket or straw to lie upon; then he can push his nose into his loins and curl into a warm sleep, if there is no draft upon him and no dampness next to him.

Keep your dog either in a place never heated or a place always heated. Pneumonia is invited to change a dog from one situation to another; let him rush out of a heated place to run and play outdoors; that will not harm him for the exercise protects him. Keep your dog’s sleeping bed away from the radiator, away from entrances and tops of stairways.

Feed your dog well; give plenty of codliver oil; do not offer hot water for drinking. Bathe your dog not more than necessary and then keep him in a very warm place until he is thoroughly dry to the skin. Groom your dog daily; keep dead hair out of his coat.

Excerpted from Dog World magazine, October 1930, Vol. 14. For back issues of Dog World, click here.

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