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When do you blanket... er, put a coat on your dog?

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  • When do you blanket... er, put a coat on your dog?

    As it's getting cold (finally), I was curious about how everyone uses coats. My dog's shaggy, but I started putting coats on her sometimes as she's gotten older; I splurged on a more expensive heavy coat when she actually started trembling on icy morning walks.

    My dog's "Yes, I'm shaggy and look very hardy, but I have arthritis and all this fur takes FOREVER to dry if it gets wet" schedule:

    Raining - slicker
    Chilly AM, frost - light coat
    Wet & chilly - coat with slicker exterior
    Winter cold - heavy coat
    Snow - heavy coat with sweater underneath

  • #2
    When she gets cold . I know, clear as mud, right?

    My dog seems to be half bald, she has really coarse hairs that are relatively few in number, and she grows almost no hair at all on her underside. She's generally okay when we're actively walking around. But when it gets cold out then as soon as we stop for a minute, like when we're waiting for my son to come out after school, then she shivers.

    As a general rule, though, I think when it's around freezing (32F) or colder, then I put her coat on.
    Last edited by Wayside; Nov. 5, 2011, 03:05 PM. Reason: typo
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
    -Edward Hoagland


    • #3
      My dog is a house dog, and a shih tzu mix that I keep groomed pretty short, so as soon as it hits freezing (0 C/32 F) she has her winter blanket on when we are outside I do have a lighter, spring blanket for her to help keep her clean in the mud and rain when it's warmer than freezing.

      She also has boots for when it's really cold (if it's -30 C/-22 F I put them on her, even though at those temps it's just to run outside to pee and come back in, but her paws still get sore from even that in those temps).

      I got this pic of her yesterday in her winter blanket It's from Glover Equine, love it! Keeps the snow out really well.
      Play It By Heart (Player) ~ 1999 bay Arabian gelding
      Chall Struck WA (Little John) ~ 2005 chestnut Arabian gelding


      • #4
        Mine get their blankets for potty breaks in the rain or anytime when we're out walking in snow/rain/sleet or a gusty winter wind. So ... not very often, lol.
        Full-time bargain hunter.


        • #5
          I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback who has no hair, and I keep her in fleece all winter. She wears a heavier waterproof blanket on top when it's wet outside, or when it is particularly cold.


          • #6

            Ok, almost never. I raise Springer Spaniels...LOTS of hair. These dogs beg to go swimming in almost all temps. Last winter, Bumper was 13 and arthritic. We had to keep her clipped short so she wouldn't overheat indoors, and as a result i bought her a coat to go outside in.

            We had Bumper put down on Tuesday (RIP pretty girl!) and i doubt her coat will see any use until i have another old dog. Her daughter, Little Sis, is 9 1/2 so she might be the next to use it.

            Below zero temps are the norm in winter. I just don't leave them out as long then.

            Now, if i owned a thin skinned, short haired dog? I'd likely have a different answer. but then, living in Montana i wouldn't OWN a thin skinned, short coated dog for that very reason.
            People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they're lost.---Dalai Lama


            • #7
              Good question! We have several dog coats but rarely remember to use them! We did acquire our newest doggie this summer, and now that I think about the cold weather, she really should need a coat. She's a poodle schnauzer mix with thin, fine hair. Now I wonder if, in our collection, we have a coat small enough for her... :-)
              But to answer your questions, we used to blanket them if it was drizzling during our walks, with a fleece lined water repellent jacket. If we had the parents' Boston terrier, she wore a bomber style (fleece lined as well) jacket basically any time it was under 50F. She has a very obvious weather preference, which is about 80-60F. Anything outside of those temps and she's miserable!

              We also have put on jackets when snow happens... Which is rare for us!


              • #8
                I have Jack Russells: 2 smooth coats, 2 rough coats and a 3 month old puppy who will be a rough coat when she gets bigger. All them wear the Thermatex Dog Coats from Horse Country which is great for warmth, is basically water proof and uber comfortable.

                My smooth coats want to wear their blankets @ 50 deg or less, and the roughs about 45 if they're going to be outside for any length of time. If they stay over night in the car (like at our Nationals last weekend) they wear them overnight. No matter how cold it is outside, with a snuggle safe and thermatex coat they are very comfortable in the car.

                Disclaimer: the puppy doesn't travel with us yet and spent last weekend snuggling in front of a fire with my cousin!
                ~Kryswyn~ Always look on the bright side of life, de doo, de doo de doo de doo
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                • #9
                  My hairless breed wears "clothes" pretty much year round. 75 degrees is when she is allowed to be nekkid. The bullies don't need clothes except for the oldest. She gets cold below 60 degrees.


                  • #10
                    my dog gets cold easily (lab, short coat) so anything raining she gets her rain sheet. She has a lined blanket for colder weather (30 and below). They are the miniature horse blanets (Tough 1) from Schneiders.


                    • #11
                      vacation1- I love your automatic horsey thinking. I do the same! My dog has a waterproof blanket, fleece blanket, and is getting jammies! Confuses dog people when I call "coats" blankets.

                      Some horse wisdom states once you put a blanket on, you keep blanketing until the end of the season. I do not apply that to my dog, who lives a temperature-controlled life.

                      He tells me when he's cold (below 65 for the old man): much easier than horses! He shivers, whines, and stares at me with biiiiig brown eyes. Whining annoys the manure out of me, so it is effective!

                      They get warm treats in the winter (microwaved green beans, carrots, etc) in place of me making warm horsey mashes. ((and frozen treats in summer))


                      • #12
                        I have Dobermans and my "rule of thumb" is if I put on an extra layer (sweatshirt, jacket, etc) then my dogs get one too.


                        • #13
                          I have three fuzzy dogs and two blackmouth curs-the curs are single coated and short haired. They go out in all weather-as long as they keep moving they're fine. I've covered up a dog when they're wet and cold when we're camping but never a dog coat, ever. If it's close to or below 0* their feet will get cold so I don't take them out for a long time then but in temps down to say 15* they go outside just fine. I don't leave them out there, they are with us while we do chores or on a walk.

                          South central Montana here too.
                          “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


                          • #14
                            Below 70 degrees, my smooth coat- JRT wears a coat full time. Yes, I know that is ridiculous. If not, he shivers. He's a wimp. He has been this way his entire 13 years.


                            • #15
                              My dog gets her coat if it is both below freezing and windy. or dark. If it's a bit cool and the sun is shining, she seems happier to be blanket free.
                              "The best hearts are ever the bravest"


                              • #16
                                when I take her to work in the rain

                                I used to get to take my yellow lab to work and when it rained she wore a raincoat. I took a lot of flak from folks but it was to keep me dry when we got to work.
                                A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.--G. K. Chesterton