Fashion or Function – Do Dogs Need Cold Weather Gear?
From sweaters to coats to vests, outerwear for dogs comes in a wide variety of options. We all know how cute dog sweaters and coats are, but are the necessary for the pet – or only for the owner? Think of it this way – just like the chilly temperatures of winter take their toll on humans, the pets we love feel the chill as well. Unless your dog is a double-coated one – like a Siberian Husky or Australian Shepherd – he’s likely to appreciate an extra layer of protection a coat or sweater has to offer, just as much as you are.
Pet outwear is particularly suitable for puppies, senior dogs, and short-haired breeds, but almost any dog can benefit from it’s added warmth. Your dog enjoys the warmth of your home and experiences the same drop in body temp when they venture outside that you do. That change in temps can make your pet hesitant to romp, play, or relieve himself outside. His natural coat may not provide all the cold weather protection he needs.
The key to finding the right sweater for your dog is knowing what to look for. Rather than choosing a bulky sweater, you’ll want to look for one that offers lightweight, comfortable, reliable warmth. Additionally, you want a sweater or coat that’s easy to put on your pet and just as easy to take off, because it won’t matter how fashionable or functional the sweater is if your dog fights you every time he needs to wear it. Finally, you want one that offers superior quality at an affordable price.
DOGO Pet’s collection of outerwear for your dog fits the bill. Our coats and sweaters also come with a leash attachment, step-in leg design, and full belly coverage that provides all around protection from rain and snow. With the right outerwear, your dog can be stylish, trendy, and fashionable while they’re also warm, safe, and protected from harsh weather.
If you think trick or treating with your kids is fun, wait till you trick or treat with your dog. It’s a unique, fun experience you and your pet will enjoy. Start out by getting your dog in the spirit of Halloween with his own adorable dog costume or hat. Choose from a variety of costumes and hats in all sizes like our Panda Hat or Bat Hat. Both hats are stylish, comfortable, and sure to get admiring looks along your trick or treat route.
Want a costume versus a hat? Our Dragon Sweater features scales all the way down the back and eyes on the hoodie and is so cute, you won’t be able to stop admiring your pet. Our reversible Lady Bug/Bumblebee costume does double duty by providing two costume options in one affordable dog garment. You can check out our entire Halloween collection right here.
As much fun as it is to take your pet along, it’s also important to keep your dog and all the other trick or treaters safe. These tips will help you do exactly that:
If you’ll be out for a long time, bring along a few doggie treats and water. Dogs – especially puppies – have short attention spans, so be prepared to take him home if he gets bored, overtired, or overanxious.
Don’t let your dog eat chocolate or sugar-laden treats. Instead, bring a few of their normal treats along and remind your kids not to let the dog eat their candy.
The rush of children in festival costumes might be too much stimulation for your pet. Keep your dog on a short leash because he may be wary of, or frightened by, unfamiliar children and well-meaning adults who might want to pet him.
Not all kids have a pet in their home and your dog may unintentionally scare them. A short leash will solve the problem and you may want to hang back from house doors until they’re almost clear.
Our costumes will help your dog look great, and these tips will keep your dog safe and make sure the whole family has a great Halloween.
Many pet owners love to dress their precious pooches in stylish apparel. Do dogs – especially bigger dogs – really need clothes, though? Depending on the climate you live in, the answer is probably, yes. If you’ve ever seen your pet shake and shiver from the cold or situate himself in front of your fireplace or stove to get warm, you know they need protection from the weather as much as we do.
If you have a big dog with a heavy coat like an Akita, a Burmese Mountain Dog, or a Chow Chow, she might provide enough body heat to keep herself warm on short walks and during outdoor play. A big-bodied, short haired breed like a Labrador, Boxer, Bulldog, Pitbull, or Rottweiler might need a little extra padding to withstand cold temperatures and romps in the snow.
In those cases, you’ll find a sweater or coat beneficial for you and your dog. If you’re concerned about your dog being cold in the winter, we have a line of dog coats that are stylish and warm at the same time because dogs who eschew cold weather might be hesitant to venture outdoors even to relieve themselves. Check out our line of coats, sweaters, and wet weather gear available in sizes all the way up to 4XL. That means even the biggest breed of dog can find warmth and protection in our stylish clothes.
Choose a cold weather coat like our DOGO Runner Coat. It’s available in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. It’s fashionable and stylish, and also has an easy, step-in design so your dog won’t fight when you’re putting it on. It also zips easily across the top and completely covers your pet’s belly to protect it from snow. It’s double fleece, marl sweater trim provides unbeatable warmth and protection.
Make sure you also check out our raincoats and sweaters. Your dog will love wearing our gear, you’ll appreciate how easy they are to put on and take off, and you’ll both appreciate the peace of mind you get from knowing he’s warm and protected.
Why Quality Should Win Out Over Cost When Shopping For Your Pet
Shopping for man’s best friend is a pleasure for many pet parents. We love to indulge our fur babies. The key to shopping for your pet is to first, supply all their needs, then indulge them with gifts and treats. The best way to shop for your pet is to choose quality over quantity. For example, if you live in a cold climate your pet needs the same warmth and protection from the elements that you do.
You can purchase an inexpensive coat for your pet – but here’s what that means. You’ll get a dog coat that looks good…but not for long. A cheap jacket usually consists of a single layer of fleece. That means your pet sadly isn’t getting the warmth they need and you intended for them to have. Single fleece layers also rip and tear easily, and these poorly designed, poorly constructed coats don’t readily accommodate a leash. When they do have a place to attach the leash, it often breaks after even gentle pulls.
When you purchase one of Dogo’s Runner Coats you get the quality protective gear your dog deserves. Our dog coats are known and respected for their sensible design and unbeatable quality. It’s made with a fleece lining, a protective outer lining that’s water resistant, and additional fillings in between for added warmth. Not only is it warmer, it has a strong, high quality zipper, and a sturdy attachable double D rings with reinforced stitching for fastening a leash that just won’t let go when your dog pulls and plays.
Most pet purchases, especially outerwear purchases, boil down to two things – looks and price. Quality is too often the missing third ingredient. It’s the most important component of any purchase, though. Why? Because buying a quality pet coat in the first place means you only have to buy it once.