Why dog raincoats?
Why are dog raincoats important? well, picture this: It’s time to take your faithful friend out for a walk and lo and behold, it’s raining! You are just about to open the door and your dog says “No way, I’m not going out there.” It’s true, many dogs simply do not like the rain! Even if they have to do their “business,” they still refuse to go outside.
And who can blame them. After all, many humans don’t like to get wet so why should your dog; especially Greyhounds, Chihuahuas and other short hair breeds? That’s because they have a harder time retaining heat. So do elderly dogs or puppies. Also, consider that dogs with thick coats can get soaked and this causes chill and even hypothermia.
The solution just might be a raincoat to keep your dog warm, dry and cozy. Dog raincoats benefit humans as well. If your dog wears a good, water-resistant coat, most of the wet will stay outside and not be transferred to your carpet or floors. And you can feel good you have given your pet the protection she deserves.
On the less practical side, I think most people and dogs feel a tingle of pride when compliments roll in because she is wearing a cute raincoat! Also, you’re showing the world your love and compassion when you protect your pet!
Getting your dog to wear the raincoat
So now you have purchased the coat and you’re ready-to-roll. It’s raining and time for a walk. So, you begin to dress your dog in her new attire and she wants absolutely nothing to do with this clothing thing.
If you have a puppy, that’s a good scenario as they are more adaptable. But what if you have an adult pooch and are introducing them to the pleasures of doggie apparel?
First of all, make sure the coat fits. A tight fit is uncomfortable (remember those tight jeans you wore you could barely move in?) and too loose a fit consequently makes walking difficult. Before you put it on, let her investigate the coat. Then, as she sniffs it, reward her with treats and praise so she will associate the coat with positive feelings.
Also, give her enough time to make sure there’s no threat. After that, you may be able to touch her with the coat. Make sure you reward her as you do. This may take a few days so it is one of those situations where patience is definitely a virtue.
Try putting the coat on after a few days of letting her get used to it and then praise and reward her while putting it on. Afterwards, make sure to continue the praise (Are you getting the idea that dogs like praise?). Then, leave the coat on for a short period and as the days go by let her wear it a little longer each time. Pretty soon she will be used to it and then you can take her for a stimulating walk in the rain!
Once you are up and running both of you will feel a sense of pride as she struts around in her new apparel!.
A tip for walking your dog in the rain
If your dog is really adverse to the wet and you’ve finally been able to convince her to walk in the rain, stay off streets with a lot of automobile traffic and puddles. Indeed, you don’t want a passing car to hit one of those puddles and splash water on your already apprehensive pooch. Further, a dog park with no traffic or other stressors might be a better bet.
What to look for in a coat
There are a number of high-quality coats on the market which may have some or all of the following features:
- Warm lining: Best to get a nice synthetic or cotton material for the lining (don’t buy ones with fleece or wool – as a compassionate person you don’t want to make another animal suffer so your dog can be warm).
- Adjustable straps: Velcro is good but can wear out. Perhaps consider jackets with buckles.
- Leash access: Preferably through back of neck.
- Hood or collar: It’s nice to have a hood to keep her head dry although some dogs don’t like them. A collar might work better for such a dog.
- Reflective surfaces: You want your dog to be visible, especially to motorists in low-light conditions.
- Make sure it is waterproof.
- Weight: Very important her coat is lightweight.
- Sizing: The correct sizing is very important for her comfort and mobility.
- Washable: Easy washing in case jacket gets muddy or your friend rolls in something gross.
- Extra Features: Extras like leg coverings might be uncomfortable for your dog so it might be best to avoid these.
Measuring for the coat:
Back Length: Should be measured from the ridge between the shoulder blades to the base of the tail as your dog is standing in a normal position.
Neckline: Measure at the baseline which is the widest point of the neck.
Chest: Measure at the widest place on the chest just behind the front legs. Then, add 2″ to this to make sure your dog has plenty of room for movement.
We recommend the following coats based on the above criteria and ratings by pet owners who have purchased them. Moreover, all these raincoats have received 5-star Amazon ratings from at least 75% of users.
Django City Slicker
- Rave reviews – highest of any coat we have found
- Designed for small dogs – English Bulldogs and smaller
- For all kinds of weather including snow
- Withstands mud
- Water-resistant nylon shell. Interior 100% mesh cotton – very soft for extra comfort
- Reflective edges
- Elastic leg bands for a snug fit
- Adjustable neck & chest Velcro closures
- Holds up well after multiple machine washes
- Colors are Cherry Red, Topaz Blue, and Cerise Pink
Price: $47.95 Buy Here
Hurrta Torrent Coat
- Perfect for long and short haired dogs.
- Adjustable belt
- Rear leg loops
- High protective collar
- Closeable opening for leash on the back
- Single buckle on the back for easy put on and take off
- High-quality reflectors
- Will stay secure in windy weather
- Soft & flexible
- Breathable mesh lining for your best friend’s comfort
- Dries quickly
- Machine washable
- Finely crafted
- 13 sizes from 8″ – 35″ (based on the back length of your dog)
- Color choices are raven, cherry, orange and hi-viz
Price: $54 Buy Here
- Excellent body coverage – including underneath
- Waterproof. Coated with DW100 for extra rain protection
- Mesh interior for easy breathability
- Easily accessible leash portal
- Easy on and off
- Autoloc plastic snap-in buckles
- Hind leg loops to help keep jacket secure even in windy conditions
- Reflective trim with attachment for light beacon for extra visibility
- Fold-up collar for greater protection
Price: $79.95 Buy Here
Safety Pup XD
- For dogs 61 – 100 lbs
- Water resistant
- Maximum visibility – very reflective
- Easily adjustable straps
- Resists rips and tears
- Velcro fasteners
- Easy cleaning
- Quality for a low price
Price: $15.95 Buy Here
- Full-wrap chest and belly closure
- Large collar with leash hole
- Nylon lining
- Warm poly fill will keep your friend warm – even in the snow
- Highly visible
These are some of the top-rated coats and range in price from $15.95 (Safety Pup XD) TO $79.95 (Ruffwear Aria).
With the exception of the Django City Slicker, these coats are available with different sizes and price points.
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