Which coat to choose for your dog?
Have you ever tried a coat for your dog? Not yet? So it won’t be long! You have surely noticed that more and more dogs are wearing a coat. Formerly considered a fashion accessory, sometimes mocked, the coat has become a very technical garment essential to protect your dog according to the activity practiced and especially when the weather conditions are more difficult.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR DOG IS SUFFERING FROM BAD WEATHER?
KEEP IN MIND THAT NOT ALL DOGS REACT IN THE SAME WAY TO THE COLD.
Some people no longer want to leave their duvet cushion, refuse to go out for a walk, tremble during the walk… For them, winter is a test. For others, going out in the cold and rolling around in the snow is pure bliss. To find out if your dog is suffering from the cold, the only solution will therefore be… to observe it!
In general, coats are more often put on small dogs, but they are also recommended for puppies, naked dogs, elderly or sick individuals. “Anti-stress” coats also exist for anxious dogs.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT COAT FOR YOUR DOG?
PROTECT FROM BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS
Anti-rain and/or cold, knowing that the “breathable” side is not obligatory: remember that the dog does not sweat in the hairy part of his individual but at the level of the plantar pads and regulates his temperature with the mouth opened ;
COVER CERTAIN PARTS OF THE BODY
The back, the neck, or the stomach (because it is the part most exposed to cold and humidity) depending on the activity, to leave it free to move or depending on the weather to isolate moisture or dirt;
BE THE RIGHT SIZE, EVEN FITTED
To know its size, simply measure it from the neck to the birth of its tail. If in doubt, always choose a very slightly larger size: if the coat is too tight, it will hamper his movements, if it is too wide, it will also hamper him by “floating” or allowing the cold and water to pass through.
WHICH COAT TO CHOOSE?
CHOOSE A COAT THAT IS EASY TO PUT ON AND TAKE OFF
different fastening systems (snap buttons, elastics, velcro, zippers, etc.) exist and will allow you to put on and adjust the coat more or less quickly. Some large dogs are difficult to lift and a “t-shirt” system will not work. Others are not patient or in pain and might run away from you at the sight of the garment. Moreover, to know how your dog will bear to put on a coat, you can test it with an old t-shirt…
CHOOSE AN EASY-TO-CLEAN COAT
quickly dry and not very fragile: this will allow you to put it on him often without fear of an additional laundry chore, and thus your purchase will not remain at the bottom of a cupboard!!!
BE CAREFUL THOUGH, EVEN IF THE COAT GREATLY LIMITS THE NUMBER OF SHAMPOOS IN THE BAD SEASON AND PARTLY AVOIDS THE SMELL OF “WET DOG”, THE FULL SUITE HAS NOT YET PASSED INTO CANINE FASHION, YOU WILL STILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WIPE A FEW CM2 OF WET COAT…
OUR SELECTION OF DOG COATS
INSULATING AGAINST COLD, WIND, AND RAIN
The Trixie Solid waterproof coat is waterproof thanks to its tucked-in seams and the original Teflon coated fabric. It will protect your dog from cold, humidity, and wind. In addition, it has a very high collar. Very easy to adjust thanks to the drawstrings at the neck and back, it also has hem buckles for the back legs, and a Velcro fastener to tighten it at the belly. It has reflective edges to make your dog more visible when out and about.
WINDPROOF AGAINST WIND AND RAIN
The Aira Waterproof Rain Jacket is a windbreaker, ideal in case of bad weather to resist water and wind when the temperatures are not too low.
“DOUDOUNE” AGAINST THE EXTREME COLD
The Ruffwear Powder Hound Jacket is ideal for protecting your dog during very cold weather activities. Resistant, compact, and with good coverage, it allows him to keep freedom of movement thanks to the stretch fabric. The sleeves allow wide coverage to retain maximum heat, especially for an old dog. It has a handy side zipper for a perfect fit or if your dog is a little stiff.
PROTECTOR FOR TRAINING AND RECOVERY
The Back on Track mesh coat is light and flexible and can easily be worn under a coat. Thanks to the properties of Welltex, by wearing it, your dog retains its body heat. It is recommended for athletic dogs, before and after exercise, for warming up, and then for recovery. Easy to put on, it can also be used for older dogs, convalescing or suffering from osteoarthritis because it will not require your pet to contort: The coat is put on by the neckline and can be adjusted at the level of the band ventral with a system of straps, and the level of the head with a cord. It has reflectors on the sides to ensure better visibility for your dog.