2019 Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks
Monthly Column in the Grants Pass Daily Courier
************** January 2019 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks
Winter Dog Care
Winter has descended on the Rogue Valley. Cold temperatures and increased rainfall can have impacts on our dogs. Common sense precautions will help keep pets healthy and happy during winter months.
Outdoor dogs can be best maintained with doghouses or shelter raised off the ground. Plenty of dry, warm bedding should be changed regularly. Raising the floor allows air circulation, reducing the discomfort of dampness and cold in the sleeping quarters.
Dogs who live outside full time also need increased food intake to maintain body weight. Plenty of fresh water, replaced daily, will keep them hydrated.
Indoor pets might find the weather restrictions on their activities frustrating. Replacing outdoor activity with mental stimulation can help both owner and pet thrive during the long grey days of winter.
Brain games can include hiding food in specially designed toys for the dog to work through the process of finding each kibble. Training the dog for a new trick, like roll over, using treats, will add entertainment as well as strengthen the bonds of companionship.
Snug in bed!
RVKC’s General Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 9th at 7 pm
1440 Parkdale Drive
Program: Planning the Year’s Events
Open to the Public!