Dog Grooming Tips: How to Remove Snow from Your Dog’s Fur

By February 26, 2024 No Comments

Wintertime can be tons of fun, with snowflakes falling and the undeniable cuteness of dogs frolicking in the snow. But as a pet owner, you know all too well how pesky snowballs tangled in your pup’s fur can quickly cool the mood. We’ve put together a list of dog grooming tips to help you remove unwanted snow from your furry friend’s coat during winter. 

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Get the Blow-Dryer Out

When a dog is exposed to the elements, especially wet or heavy snow, their fur can become damp or even soaked. Using a blow-dryer can be an effective way to remove the snow and moisture from their coat. When blow-drying your pup’s fur after exposure to snow, use a low heat setting to avoid burning or discomfort for your canine friend. It’s also a good idea to keep the blow-dryer at a safe distance from your dog and to constantly move it around to prevent overheating or concentrating heat in one area. Always monitor your dog’s reaction and ensure they are comfortable with the process. If your dog is not a fan of blow-drying, you may consider using absorbent towels to remove excess moisture and allow them to air dry in a warm environment.

Brush the Snow Away

Brushing can be an effective way to remove snow, especially if the snow is dry and hasn’t melted into the fur. A brush, especially one designed for your dog’s coat type, can help loosen and remove snow that has accumulated on the fur. For example, slicker brushes work well for removing loose hair and detangling, while bristle brushes are suitable for shorter coats. Be gentle to avoid causing discomfort or pulling on your dog’s skin. The bristles of the brush work through the hair, separating and dislodging the snow particles. Brushing not only removes snow but also helps prevent matting and tangling of the fur. Wet snow, if left untreated, can melt into the fur and lead to mat formation, which can be uncomfortable for your canine friend. Brushing also allows air to circulate through the coat, aiding in the drying process. This is particularly important for dogs with thick or long coats, as trapped moisture can make them feel cold and unhappy.

Do Light Plucking

For those tenacious snowballs that can’t be removed with a simple shake-down, you can start lightly plucking at the snow in your pup’s fur. Plucking can be an alternative method to remove accumulated snow, especially if the snow is not overly wet or if your pup has a dense, long coat. No rough tugging is needed here; just a gentle pull will suffice. It’s also a good idea to keep a towel handy to pat your pup dry as you go.

Give Your Pup a Dog Wash

Bathing your pup can help remove snow from its fur, especially if the snow has melted and become wet, leading to dampness in the coat. In addition to snow, bathing can help remove any other debris or salt that may be present in your furry friend’s fur. This is especially important during winter when sidewalks are often treated with salt, which can irritate a dog’s skin. When bathing your dog in winter, use lukewarm water and a dog-friendly shampoo that won’t strip the natural oils from their coat and skin. After bathing, ensure your dog is thoroughly dried with a towel or a blow-dryer on a low heat setting to prevent them from getting cold.

Invest in a Pet Wardrobe

Just like humans wear warm clothing in cold weather, dogs can benefit from additional insulation provided by doggy wardrobes. Jackets and sweaters help retain body heat, keeping your dog warm in snowy and cold conditions. Doggy boots can help prevent the accumulation of snow between the paw pads, providing comfort and preventing potential injuries. In snowy conditions, visibility during walks may be reduced, and it could be more challenging for drivers or other pedestrians to see your pup. Brightly colored or reflective doggy clothing can enhance visibility, promoting safety. However, it’s important to choose the right size and style for your pup to ensure a perfect fit. Make sure to monitor your dog’s behavior to ensure they are comfortable and not stressed by wearing clothing.  Once inside and warm it is best to remove the doggy clothing and if their coat is long brush them so they do not get tangled or matted fur.

Grooming your pup at home during winter can be a chilling experience for both of you, especially since bath time usually means you get wet too. Pet owners enjoy the ease of taking their dogs to one of petbar’s boutiques for a full-service groom, making wintertime hassle-free and cozy with a freshly washed, cuddly friend. 

Reach out today to learn more about petbar’s dog grooming services, or visit your nearest pet spa and speak to one of our groomers for any questions you may have.