It's suddenly snapped cold here after what had so far been an unusually warm winter. It went from around 50 F during the day to suddenly being 30 F and horribly windy. Our mix Foxxy just hates it, she refused to use the bathroom for me this morning and was only interested in going back inside. My boyfriend got her to go later in the day by dressing her in one of his sweatshirts to take her out. Now he wants to get her a jacket or sweater to wear when we go out. I don't think she'd mind the jacket, she tolerates pretty much anything so far, and she did seem totally miserable this morning. I have never had a dog that needed or would put up with being dressed before, and generally I'm against putting dogs in clothes… I see too many owners giving their dogs hot spots because they put a "cute" outfit on them and the dog wears it 24/7 in between going to the groomer.... Though usually this is with little dogs. I think she might benefit from a jacket, honestly, because it can get bitterly cold with high windchill here in PA... I guess I just feel silly putting a jacket on a dog!
Yes, we do, see
These are homemade from fleece, velcro and a button, very cheap and effective.
We also have thick coats that cover just about everything for real cold weather.
We also use light raincoats in wet weather (we have a lot of that in Holland).
Oh yes! right now the curlies are in pajamas. They also have coats. Some are home made, some are store bought. We too have cold windy days. The thing with fleece, however, is that regular fleece does NOT block the wind. Some fleece has windblock in it and that is what you need for the windy days. (Or a coat made of something other than fleece.)
We've gotten her a sweater and she already is much less distressed at going out in the cold. We need to find her something water- and wind-proof yet, the store didn't have anything in her size, but once we do then hopefully she'll be a lot happier on all of her walks. Thanks for the input, everyone!
They have ones that look like little horse blankets (less cutesy(?) - schneiders has them for a reasonable price. I use them on 40 degree days or when we go to tahoe, and the dogs seem to really like them. I can vouch for the fact that the fleece version is really thick and warm. Use the waterproof blanket (also beautifully made) on top if windy.
I load Oakley up with a coat and a snood (most often just as a neck warmer)…and occasionally boots from dogbooties.com (the ones sled dogs wear)...the snood mainly because if anyone has seen the size of oakleys ears..well, they are so big they tend to get cold super easy and if the wind is blowing or water/snow hits them he flinches them constantly...overall, I'm ok with him being warmer than he necessarily "needs" because that's what he likes!
..even if he does look a little silly while it's ALL on at once
It's interesting how a dog will react to cold weather if they haven't been introduced to it early on in their development. Using a coat on my dog in 30-40 F degree weather would be like plugging in my car at that same temperature….seems strange; just coming from the environment I come from. I wouldn't even put a coat on myself in that kind of weather unless I was outside for more than a couple hours... and dogs [horses] have way more efficient circulatory systems than humans.
I'm sure it's necessary for dogs who have health issues, older, not used to 'extreme' winters, or that spend most of their time outside in under 30 F weather. With that being said, I'm not very good with the cold so I rarely go outside long if it's under -8 F. Beo only has a red hooded sweater with a sherpa overlay coat, and water resistant insulated booties for under 20 degree weather. We haven't had a problem so far but no -50 weather for us either thanks.
Definitely some cute jackets in here!