As the last of the winter storms pass us by (hopefully) and there is a touch of warmth in the air, we know that spring is just around the corner. Although, I long for the warm breezes and cleansing rain that comes with the change in season, I dread the thought of walking the dog in the rain. For everyone who has a dog knows that rain and fur do not go together. In fact, it is a recipe for hair mats. Lots of them!
With our sporty English Springer Spaniel we simply cut her hair short in the spring to avoid the knots, but that won’t work with our long haired poodle mix. Our only alternative besides wrapping her in plastic wrap is to find her a raincoat (and maybe booties) that will keep her dry. And so begins the search.
I was looking for something that was waterproof, of course, and that would cover as much of her as possible without being restrictive. I also wanted something stylish.
A quick google search resulted in a few possibilities. I found plenty of coats that covered her back, but finding one that covered her head and belly was harder to find. I needed to dig deeper.
After an hour of searching all the internet had to offer, I did manage to find a few really cute coats that would do the job.
My favorite is the Elle Dog Wear Waterproof Raining Day Raincoat. This one covers not only the back, belly and head but also the chest area and part of the front legs. Plus the striped lining and silver snaps ups the cute factor.
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I also like that the hood and waist have drawn strings that allow you to custom fit the coat to your dog. This helps prevent accidental soiling while doing their business.
Like many human raincoats the outer layer is water resistant not waterproof, meaning that in a heavy downpour for an extended period of time it will not keep your pup dry.
The Raining Day Coat comes in all sizes from X-Small to X-Large so it should fit most dogs. You can even get a XX- Large in Yellow. Elle Dog Wear also provides a sizing chart and tips on how to measure your dog to get the correct size.
Tip – When measuring your dog it is important to know that the material runs runs snug and is not stretchy. Elle Dog Wear recommends that for medium & larger dog breeds you should add up to two inches for the chest measurements when picking their size to prevent the raincoat from being too tight.
Another super cute raincoat is the Klippo WaterProof Rain Jacket. The bright yellow jacket comes with either an embroidered splashing whale or daisies on the back. Both have a soft cotton lining accented with white polka dots and a hood.
This jacket comes with a easy to use velcro closure that goes from the tummy area all the way up to the neck covering the chest and upper front leg areas well. The velcro strips around the sleeves help to prevent rain from splashing up onto the legs. A large D ring at the back of the neck makes it easy to attach a leash.
The Klippo Raincoat comes in sizes X-small to X-large, but as you can see from the sizing chart it is sized for small to medium sized dogs.
Next on our list of coats is the OSPet Waterproof and Windproof Raincoat for dogs. This lightweight raincoat is black with red color blocking and a contrasting trim which gives it a sporty look.
The unique design features elastic leg straps and an adjustable Velcro belly strap for a secure and comfortable fit. There is a handy opening on the back of the neck so you can hook your leash up to the dogs collar directly. Although a very attractive coat, the coat appears to be new to the market so there are few reviews to go by.
Lets face it, many dogs just do not like the restrictive feeling of a dog coat, so trying to get your dog into a raincoat that covers their legs may be out of the question.
If this is the case for you the Ethical Pet Fashion Rainy Days Slicker might be the right coat for you and your pup.
You can find this coat just about everywhere. This popular raincoat is super easy to put on. Doesn’t restrict their legs in any way making it a great choice for fussy dogs. The downside is that the coat does not protect the dog from water that is splashed up. If you have a tall dog this might not be much of an issue.
Our last pick is the Healers Spot-Lite Dog Reflective Jacket. This coat stands out for a number of reasons.
The first reason is due to the LED lights located on the perimeter of the reflective strip on the back of the coat, making it a great choice if you walk your pup at night. The lights can be set to either either blink or be a steady light increasing your visibility.
Another reason is the soft outer fabric which is lined with a lightweight fleece to keep your pup warm on cool spring nights. It is also the only coat I found that claimed to be machine washable and made in the USA.
Of course there are some negatives. Like the fact that the coat does not have a hood or that it doesn’t cover much of the underside of the dog.
All of these coates are great choices. It will be hard to choose.
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