Dog Coats

The HowTo For Choosing A Dog Coat

by Dylan Brodderick
When I was a child dogs rarely wore dog coats. There was a wide spread myth that a dog’s fur was enough to keep them warm on cold winter days. Clearly, this was false as some dogs are simply not naturally suited for colder climates. The dog coats that were available were generally pretty ugly and generally pretty difficult to put on.

These days responsible pet owners know that it is important to protect your dogs from the elements. Accordingly, there are many, many different types of dog coats on the market. You can choose from the strictly functional to the flashy-splashy, from the moderately priced to the less-moderately priced. There are coat styles more suitable to short haired dogs and coat styles more suitable to longer haired dogs. Some dog coats are water-proof, while other coats are insulated. Some people like to have a lighter weight dog coat for the milder days. There are coats that your dog can step into, coats that wrap around with Velcro fasteners, and coats that are similar to capes with a waist band. Some coats designed for larger dogs have pockets for owners to carry items such as dog toys or gloves. A nice feature to look for in a coat is some sort of reflective strip to add to the safety of your pet.

Dog coats come in a wide range of designs and colours. Some dog coats include safety features such as bells and reflective stripes. There are so many options that it can be difficult to choose the right dog coat for your dog. Below are the four most important considerations in choosing a coat for your dog.

1. Regional weather. Is the coat needed to protect your dog from the elements or is it a style thing? If you live in a temperate climate and the temperature rarely goes below freezing then you needn’t worry too much about the insulation factor of the coat and, in fact, should be careful that the coat doesn’t make your dog overheat. If you live in an area that has severe winters then you should look for a coat that is both insulated and wind proof and uses fabrics such as gortex. You may also want to look for a coat that is water proof especially if you live in an area that experiences freezing rain.

2. Can the coat be machine washed? Dog coats can get grubby very quickly and sometimes can get soiled by the dog relieving himself. Only consider dog coats that can be thrown into the washing machine. Keeping the coat clean will depend on your dog. Hopefully, during the spring thaw it will be warm enough that your dog can go coat-less. Expect to wash the coat twice per year.

3. How easy is it to dress your dog. If the coat is too difficult to put on then it will spend the winter in the closet and your dog will have a chilly winter. It is helpful to look for a coat with Velcro strip fasteners as these seem to be the easiest manner of dressing your dog. Also look for a coat that fastens at the back or side of the dog.

4. Size of dog coat to purchase. Before you start searching for the perfect dog coat you need to take a few measurements. Measure again the circumference if his neck and add 1 inch. Measure again around the broadest part of his chest and add one inch. Lastly, measure your dog from the start of her tail to the base of her neck. Take these measurements with you when shopping for a dog coat.

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Nowadays, any good dog owner is on the lookout for fashionable and stylish dog coats for their pet. There are numerous styles and levels of functionality. More-and-more, pets are becoming like a human member of the family, and it makes sense to begin looking after their needs in a way that befits their up-and-coming stature.

You see a preoccupation with doggie fashion in many couples or people whose children have grown up and left home. Their dogs are their new children, so it’s no surprise when they begin outfitting their pooch in a style and manner that befits their place in the family unit.

Dog coats come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, styles and fashions. There are specially-built kinds, for when a dog might need actual protection from the elements, like in a hairless breed. Also, there are cases where a dog might have a skin problem and needs the additional protection a coat like this can give. For the most part, though, many of these coats are typically just for amusement and as a fashion statement for the dog and the owner.

Dog coats can fall into various categories. There are pullover type sweaters and half-pullover types. These are generally of cotton, wool or some mixture of both fabrics. They’re designed to go on relatively easily and with little fuss on the part of the dog or its owner.

Some coats come with snaps or zippers, so always take care to avoid pinching the dog’s sensitive underbelly skin area. Dogs look at that region as a vulnerable spot and they might give you a little nip if you handle it too roughly.

These days, doggie raincoats seem to be all the rage. With more people living in apartments than ever before, it’s no wonder they’d like to keep their pet dry when they have to go for a walk on a rainy day. After all, who want’s to clean up after a wet, smelly or dank dog? Keeping it dry while out walking is a good solution to the problem. Who knows; the dog may even let you put on galoshes and a rain cap if you speak nicely enough to it.

There are also a large number of so-called “special occasion” coats, too. As a part of the family, doesn’t it make sense to outfit Spot in his own dinner tuxedo when you’re having a formal dress soiree? Plus, the fashion accessories to be had can boggle the mind. Necklaces, hats, dress booties or shoes are just a part of today’s modern dog wardrobe.

Dogs are really an integral part of the modern family unit. They’re many times more loyal to their owners than their own children ever were. That’s a pretty humorous situation, when you think of it. And the dog coat industry is a big money entity nowadays. Just about every culture in the world has some sort of relationship with the dog, to be realistic. And many folks see no problem with dressing their dogs up once in a while.

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