Written by Kaydee Barker



The thought of winter may be one of excitement and anticipation or one of sadness and longing for the summer days behind us, or simply one of grudging acceptance. However you feel about the coming winter, you cannot deny that there’s a bite in the air of late.

With that in mind, your dog’s needs in winter are different from those in summer. While the summer may be filled with frolicking in the swamp cooler vest and chasing after Frisbees and water toys, the winter will require warmth, comfort, and maybe some play in the snow.

Of course, the perfect time to prepare for winter is coming up!  Here’s our must-have list for the coming winter:


Cozy bed or blanket. Your pal needs a cozy warm spot as much as you do in the winter months. Here are a few options for the dog-nest:


Boots. It only takes moments before snow and ice packs itself inbetween the pads of your dog's paws. Not only is it hard for your dog to walk on the snowballed pads, it saps their heat quickly, putting them at risk for hypothermia. Here are a few options to keep your pup's paws warm:


Coat. Some dogs are made for winter. Others need a little help to stay warm. Here are some coats we recommend:


Treats. Treats are good for any time of year, but now might be the time to try something new. Especially if you'd like something for your dog to chew on for a while. Here are treats you might try:


Toys. Chances are, you won't be playing fetch outside very much for the next several months. With that in mind, we picked out some tug toys, chew toys, "buddy" toys, and of course, the ski-joring system for you both to enjoy! Check these out:

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Owned by Chris & Nicole Van Ruler, Outdoor K9 is a pet store based out of Steamboat Springs, CO, that specializes in outdoor products for your canine companion.  The Van Rulers moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in the spring of 2012. In Steamboat they found a a community that was both family- and dog-friendly, with endless outdoor recreational opportunities. This inspired the family, in their latest adventure, to move to Steamboat Springs, a place they wanted to both raise their family (currently two dogs and a little girl) and share their love of dogs and adventure with the community they love.

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