Chilly Dogs fits CTV Morning Live’s Sarah Freemark’s dog Calaigh with a warm winter coat in this dog coat fitting video.
Why Do Dogs Need Winter Coats?
Non dog owners may ask “Why do dogs need coats in the winter?” What these non dog people don’t understand is that many dogs are not designed to cope with the colder temperatures, snow or ice that they might encounter because of where their owners live. A responsible dog owner will make sure to protect their precious puppy when out of doors in these types of conditions. Mainly some dogs need extra protection because they don’t possess the extra layer of fur or they have different fur thicknesses. For example Saint Bernard does way better in cold temperatures than say a Chihuahua because of size and coat lengths.
Of course deciding to get your dog a coat is totally at your own discretion, though you might want to consult your vet about the advisability of providing the extra warmth your dog might need. An obvious sign would be if your dog is shivering when you take him outside. In that case you should definitely invest in a winter coat. Another case might be if your dog is old, young or small. These dogs tend to need extra warmth to maintain their optimum body temperature when in colder climates.
Dogs with thick heavy coats, it is worth mentioning, should not be made to wear winter coats. It can actually do more harm than good.
How do you know which coat is right for your dog? Let’s move on to how to choose the right coat for your dog. To begin with you will need to measure your dog – refer to the video above for complete directions. You want to make sure that the dog will be comfortable in their winter coats. If the coat is too big they will pull it off and if it is too small, well, it won’t fit, right? And that comes with its own set of issues. If you are ordering the coat online make sure that you are able to exchange the coat for a proper fitting one before you make your purchase.
Once you have the size down you will need to determine which type of material you want the coat to be constructed of. A cotton sweater, or fleece might be appropriate for fall like temperatures where they won’t encounter snow, rain or ice, but a heavier partly acrylic option that is waterproof might be more appropriate for winter climates that get much colder and wetter. Most puppy parents choose a waterproof option that is flexible for all climates, unless you live in a very cold climate, then a parka type winter coat is most appropriate.