The topic of dog coat is always hotly debated. I’m not talking about a dog coat from a fashion point of view or as an accessory but as a tool to protect your dog sensibly in the wet and cold season. The top priority here should therefore be functionality. And for me it is quite clear that there are several reasons why a dog should definitely wear a dog coat. I’ll go into that in detail later. First, however, I would like to show you important points by which you can recognize that your dog is cold. Dog coat
Common signs that your dog is cold: dog coat
- A freezing dog holds itself tense and tightens the muscles strongly. Often they then huddle together and pull up the belly.
- Dogs also shiver when they are cold.
- Tapping from one paw to the other is a sure sign that a dog is cold.
- Dogs that are cold are often reluctant to go outside in cold or wet weather as well.
Freezing is unpleasant
Freezing feels the same to our dogs as it does to us humans. The result of tense muscles is painful tension. In addition, to freeze means great stress for your dog. Like us humans, the dog becomes restless when it is cold and may well become cranky.
What dog needs a coat?
There is always a lot of discussion about whether a dog needs a coat or not. I often hear arguments like, ” This is a big dog, he doesn’t need that!” or “The coat is so long, that’s quite enough!”. But the decisive factor in whether a dog needs a dog coat – or not – is neither the size nor the length of the coat.
Of course, a dog coat is essential for many short-furred and greyhound breeds. But not only there it protects and provides comfortable, healthy (body) warmth.
Especially for older dogs and dogs with joint diseases they are very important, because they protect the back and joints from adverse weather conditions. It provides comprehensive protection against cold and moisture creeping into the joints. So you see that far more is crucial than the size or length of the coat. Also, dogs with longer coats even of large-bodied breeds that are older and/or have joint problems such as osteoarthritis and spondylosis benefit greatly from a protective dog coat.
Do dogs like to wear a coat?
As a rule, dogs accept a dog coat quickly and easily. But of course, there are also those dogs that need to get used to and don’t feel so comfortable at first. Therefore, get your dog used to it early, for example, by putting it on for a few minutes at first and then taking it off again. In any case, have some patience and give your dog a chance to get used to his dog coat.
What to look for when buying a dog coat?
In this article you will learn what you should definitely consider when buying a dog coat.
All the love, your Tina