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Caissie Canine Instruction: K9 Cold Weather Safety Tips

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful 7-month-old German Shepherd named Theia.

Theia is growing up fast, her training is progressing beautifully, and she learns quickly. Her human owners are the owners and operators of Vigilant Security Services serving the Kitchener/Waterloo Region.


 Vigilant is a dynamic Security Agency that are passionate about offering second to none security, as their staff is the highest trained guards in Southwestern Ontario. Vigilant through partnership with Stay Safe Instructional Programs (SSIP) allow them to offer the best quality training in private security.


To honour, fallen Security Guards, Mario Ruffolo and Michael “Mike” Eduardo Ferdinand Vigilant has set up an Annual Ruffolo-Ferdinand Fallen Hero Award themselves to offer a Licensed Security Guard from ANY agency, to earn this prestigious award. The winning candidate will be awarded body armour, from @safelifedefense, a duty belt from @511canada duty boots, from @originalswat, Use of Force/Defensive, from @summervillesteve, Training and First Aid/CPR from @redcrosscanada all delivered by Vigilant Tactical Store and Training Center.

 This award will be granted open for application in January 2024 and may be awarded at any time.


Welcome to Doggie Dialogue


With the colder weather now upon us and the temperatures will soon be dropping below freezing, it is important to remember some K9 winter safety tips.

Our pets should not be left outside for extended periods during the colder temperatures. Short hair/coated canines and puppies are more vulnerable in the cold temperatures.


Signs to watch for when your dog is feeling the “cold” are the following:

1.   Your dog is whining or barking when left outside.

2.   Your dog is trying to seek shelter.

3.   Your dog is shivering or shaking.

4.   Your dog is reluctant to keep walking.

5.   Your dog is lifting his/her paws off the ground.

6.   Your dog has a hunched posture with a tucked tail.


Signs of Hypothermia in your K9


1. Prolonged Shivering

2. Pale Gums

3. Confusion

4. Difficulty walking

5. Muscle Stiffness

6. Loss of Consciousness


If your K9 is suffering from any of the above wrap your dog in a blanket and take them immediately to your veterinarian. Your vet will also check for frostbite.


Other safety tips when the weather turns colder are the following:


1.  Keep your walks shorter.

2. Consider a dog sweater/coat as an extra layer

 3. Never shave your dog down in the winter

 4. Remember to wipe your dog’s paws and underside after being outside


Remember to get outside, enjoy nature, and be safe doing so.

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