As a coming home gift when I get back from my deployment, my sister got me my first ever Cairn Terrier. I never owned a small dog before and usually all of our dogs are big working class gruff barn mutts. I live in Upstate NY and it gets EXTREMLEY cold outside during the winter but I don’t want to keep Toto cooped up during the house all winter but from what my famiyl tells me, he’s outside for like 3 minutes and he’s shivering he’s so cold but he likes playing outdoors and I have a huge yard so there’s plenty of room for him to play on a run (granted now he can’t even more the leash but we live right next ot a main highway and he’s too young to know ‘don’t go into the road’)
I was thinking of buying him a little sweater type thing JUST for when he goes outside but I heard that a lot of dogs don’t like it and it makes them itch and it’s uncomfortable for them but I don’t want him to be like shivering and freezing whenever he’s outside. Plus I read that they like catching small rodents so I was gonna take him to our barn and let him run around to try to catch the rats and what have you but again, there’s no heat in the barn and I don’t want him to get cold.
So my question is; is clothing uncomfortable to the point Toto would probablly pick the cold over the cothes? I’m not talking like costume and accesseries and dressing him up liek a doll or whatnot; I’m talking like a basic sweater to keep him warm then take it off when he gets inside. He’s only like 2 and a half months old so he’s still a really little guy and I don’t want him cold when he goes outside to play or when he has to go to the bathroom.
I would be careful about the taking him to the barn to catch rodents thing (even if he is just chasing them), I have a couple of pet rats and I know that wild ones (or even a scared pet rat) can cause some damage because they do have very sharp nails and teeth, I’m sure they could carry diseases like any other wild animals too, so especially while your dog is a lil guy I’d be worried about him getting hurt.
I’ve been finding lots of quality dog sweaters on sale in my local pet shop, I only use mine when walking my dog when it’s really cold out, she gets excited when I put it on her because she knows she’s going for a walk, so I wouldn’t say she minds it I definitely think she prefers it to being cold!