Winters on the Canadian prairies are harsh. There are cold parts of the world, but we reach temperatures that rival the Arctic at times. For example, we reached temps of -48 degrees Celsius a few weeks ago, and while we've had the odd few days of milder temps of -4 Celsius, we have been at steady high windchill temps of -40 again.
People with big dogs need to be very careful in these conditions; but tiny feet, minimal insulation, and weighing a total of 7 pounds works against a dog that much more. We are very fortunate that Daisy is fully housetrained. I know of many Chihuahua owners who's dogs will outright refuse to go outside in cold temps, never mind FRIGID temps! Daisy on the other hand is completely housetrained and awesome for going out. She never has accidents in the house.
In this weather, the routine is the same each and every time she's taken out - she’s equipped with a winter jacket and booties. It is not an option to put her outside without these. In regular winter weather, the snow alone will quickly freeze her paws and she will literally lift each paw until she falls over (poor thing!). In this freezing cold weather, she wouldn't last more than a minute.
But let me just say her booties are amazing!!
We have two types of booties. Muttluks and Pawz boots. The muttluks are great for any kind of walking, since they are insulated and hardy. That being said, we would never attempt to walk her in these harsh conditions - only warmer winter temps. She will walk in them with ease, and we've developed a knack for getting them on tight enough so they won't come off (which was happening often at first). However, if we put them on her for bathroom breaks in the backyard, she will not move or do her business at all. The solution for this - Pawz boots! These things are soooo fantastic. They are essentially little rubber balloons that stay on with elastic at the top - meaning they will not come off at all. There are different sizes, which are categorized by colour. Daisy's are yellow, which I believe are 'extra extra small' size. While they don't offer any insulation, they keep the snow and ice from getting between her toes, and allow her ample time to do her business without freezing up. They are super quick and easy to put on and take off. We are fortunate that Daisy is so used to them that she simply lifts each of her paws for us to put them on and take off.
She is also outfitted with a warm winter jacket. I have always found Winners or Homesense to offer the best selection of good brand name dog jackets at a fraction the cost of buying in other stores or ordering online. I found her current "hip doggie" jacket in Homesense for about $15 - the same one online was near $50!! And it's perfect, with a detachable hood and great insulation.
Having proper winter gear in place certainly makes long cold winters more manageable, safe, and fun for a little dog!
Please note: All opinions are my own, and this is not a sponsored post.