Do you like to walk your dog in the rain? Many people like to walk their dog no matter what the weather is like. They don’t let a little rain slow them down.
Whether you walk in a little rain or a lot of rain, making sure that you keep your dog warm and dry is super important. Just like people dogs can get colds if they get cold and damp.
To ensure you keep your dog dry you need to invest in some good dog rain gear.
Why do dogs need rain gear
Just like us when we plan ongoing outside in the rain, we dress properly to make sure that we don’t get cold and wet.
Not all dogs like to get wet. Many dogs like my own boy Boo absolutely hate to get wet at all. He will literally lift his feet up one by one just to avoid having them touch any water at all. Either that or stops dead like he has been paralyzed and refuses to move at all. Generally that leads to one of us going out and picking him up.
So for our Boo, walking in the rain is only possible if he has everything completely covered. Being cold and wet isn’t something he likes. Let’s also not forget that wonderful wet dog smell that happens when your dog’s hair gets wet. Nobody wants to walk into the house and have to get a whiff of that. Covering your dog with protective rain gear can eliminate your dogs hair from getting wet.
Finn on the other hand is not as finicky as Boo, but we still want to make sure that he is protected from nasty weather.
When it comes to rain gear for your pup, there are a lot of options out there. How do you know what you need to keep you dog dry?
What is the first thing I need to buy
First off you need to invest in a good rain coat. When it comes to dog raincoats, you can choose from a few different styles. One option is the typical rain slicker or poncho. A poncho is really just as you would think. It covers their back and attaches with velcro under the belly also has a hood to cover your dog’s head.
They are usually lightweight and water resistant. Generally it comes equipped with a hole for the leash to be fed through for walking. A slicker is just a shell type cover for the rain. It will not provide warmth for your dog and really just covers some areas of your dogs body.
Choosing something that provides more rain protection for your dog, is a full body rain suit. This choice is a suit that covers the full legs and entire body. Many of the full body suits also provide an extra inside layer that will keep your dog warmer.
Equipped with a reflective fabric, plus ut will also be wind, water, tear resistant and impermeable. The inside layer in many cases is made of an anti-static material for comfort and not to stick to your dogs hair.
The reflective material is also a way to let your dog be seen easier while outside walking. Making sure people driving, biking or just out walking can quickly and easily see your dog by the reflective fabric they have on.
Second most important purchase
We have covered your dog’s back and legs, but most importantly we have forgotten about there feet. Covering your dogs feet with a pair of great boots, will ensure you keep them clean and dry.
A good set of dog boots are waterproof, windproof and offer snow protection. Making sure the boots are anti-slip and have a rugged sole. High quality fabric will provide extra protection for your dogs paws and also protect them from being hurt.
They are usually put on and tightened using velcro or buckles for easy adjustment.
Now, not all dogs will let you put boots on there feet, so it is important if you want your dog to wear boots to start putting them on when they are young.
Start when they are puppies and be consistent with them. It may take a while for your dog to get accustomed to wearing boots, so don’t give up to easy.
The wonderful thing about having your dog wear boots is that you don’t have to clean your dogs paws when they come in from the rain or snow.
OK now the third choice is not a choice that is going to be the right choice for everyone. A dog umbrella is an option that you could consider instead of a coat or boots, or on top of the other choices.
The purpose of a dog umbrella is to use it the same way we use an umbrella. It covers us from rain and becoming wet. The umbrella is designed in the reverse way that we would use it. You hold the handle and point the umbrella down over your dog to cover them from the rain or snow.
These are water-proof and wind resistant. Usually they are made with a solid steel handle and may even come equipped with an ergonomic handle for the ease of holding.
These umbrellas also come equipped with a leash assembly to connect to your dog’s collar. That way you can walk your dog and protect them from the onslaught of bad weather.
Some dogs love the rain, while others not so much. Sometimes it can be breed specific like retrievers or other water related breeds. Honestly this is just something that the research says.
In my opinion this really isn’t the truth. Dogs are just like people, there is no golden rule. Everyone has there own likes and dislikes, just like dogs.
I don’t believe that it has anything to do with a specific breed of dog. I just think that some dogs like the rain while others do not.
Dogs constantly make liars out of people that say, well this breed likes this and that breed does not. Really none of that is true in my opinion. My dogs are both proof to me that they can break the stereotype of there breeds. Sort of like saying all Labrador breeds love to swim. My Labradoodle is that dog, that doesn’t.
Depending on your dog and whether or not they like to be out in the rain while walking or playing. If your dog is good being outside in rainy weather than you can definitely get your dog rain gear and head on out.
Raindrops falling on your head!!! Singing in the rain.