The first full week of October signals the real start of autumn with leaves falling, temperatures dropping, and weather changing. We all adapt to the changing seasons, one way we do this is by wearing a coat in autumn/winter time. Keeping warm and dry isn’t just for comfort, it’s a survival necessity, and now many dog owners are using this technique to help their dogs adapt to colder weather.

Who needs a coat?

Common sense indicates that dogs with certain traits need more help come winter time – the small, the skinny, and the short-haired are all in need of a bit of extra insulation compared to bigger and long-haired dogs. However, if temperatures are dipping below zero on a frequent basis then all dogs, no matter their size, need some form of thermal protection.

Coats aren’t just there to protect dogs against the cold temperatures. Rain can be a significant issue with the wetness clinging to their fur so if it’s wet outside then a waterproof coat is a good idea for any dog

Which coat to buy?

There’s so many different coats to choose from. We recommend the use of water-resistant fabrics as these will be more suitable in rain and snow. It’s also an idea to think about starting your dog with a lighter coat which will ensure your dog doesn’t overheat nor will they be overly relying on a thick coat that they don’t need.

When to use?

Coats are perfect to keep your dog enjoying walks throughout the autumn and winter, so this is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your dog’s coat ready. As the weather becomes wetter and colder then waterproofing and warmth becomes a priority. However, don’t just put the coat on your dog when you start to feel the cold – pay attention to their behaviour. Dogs are all different, various conditions will affect individual dogs in different way, so only put a coat on them once they’re obviously beginning to feel the chill.

Don’t have a coat for your dog yet? Check out our shop! If you have any queries about what coat is right for your dog then please do contact our customer service team.

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