Dog coats come in all shapes and styles from cute slogan t-shirts to hooded fur-lined jackets and everything in between. In reality, most dogs don't need a coat, but certainly many truly appreciate them in the cooler months. There are circumstances when your dog may have need of extra warmth, comfort and protection from the elements. Your dog may be elderly and feel the cold more in their later years or your dog may be a working dog with a purpose to be out in all weather with you. Some dogs refuse to go out in wet weather, either for a walk or for calls of nature. Whatever the reason there are dog coats and jackets designed with a purpose of protection and comfort with style.
Functional waterproof outer layers in breathable nylon denier will keep the dog's body dry in wet weather. Make sure the coat covers from the back of the neck where the collar sits, to the base of the tail. Fabrics with ripstop threads will give added strength and durability.
Next to consider is lining and fill to provide warmth and comfort. A coat with a nylon lining will suit dogs who shed or have long hairs as it will not trap hairs. A layer of polyfill gives heat trapping insulation and comfort padding, which will be appreciated by all dogs.
The challenge of any dog coat is keeping them on! A well fitting dog coat will include shoulder gussets for a more active fit, allowing the dog to move comfortably without any rubbing or chaffing and rump darts to form to the contours of the dog. Combined with adjustable chest attachments and a belly strap a well shaped rug will sit safe and secure. Some dogs may not like having coats or jackets on but if they are comfortable, well fitted and allow freedom of movement they are more likely to adapt to and accept the coat quickly.
When first introducing a dog to a coat for the first time, it is best to allow the dog to become accustomed to it in a familiar environment. Close supervision is recommended to note how the dog behaves with the coat on. It is best to discourage the dog playing with or chewing the coat. A quick game of something else or distraction from the new coat with a treat or a walk may help the dog realise the coat is a good addition to his wardrobe and not a chew toy.