How do I….fit my dog for a winter coat?

by | Dog Care Pet Planning |

This winter has certainly been full of surprises! In southern Ontario, we have had days with a cold arctic bite followed by the next day feeling like spring. With all these unpredicatable changes in the weather, it can be difficult for medium to short-haired dogs to adjust. This is especially true for puppies, elderly or hairless dogs.

To keep your pet suitably protected, a dog coat could be a good purchase that will keep your pet comfortable during winter walks or potty breaks. Even heavier-coated dogs may appreciate a rain coat for those wet and gloomy days.

Ideally, walking into a pet store (that welcomes pets!) with your dog is the best way to ensure the canine coat you’re interested in will fit. Alternately, you can simply measure your pet at home and then visit a variety of stores or browse online boutiques for the coat that will work best for your pet.

Measurement tips:

  1. Use a soft or paper measuring tape (download a printable measuring tape here)
  2. Your dog should be standing up on all fours, not sitting or lying down
  3. Allow an extra inch or two in length to accomodate for movement
  4. Measurements should include from base of neck to base of tail, circumference of the neck, chest width and the circumference of the chest.

Many canine coat manufacturers will offer sizing and breed tips for their products on their company website. Chilly Dogs, a Canadian-based company that offers woof wear, has a great sizing guide for measuring your dog correctly. Check out their online video for some guided tips!


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