Fall is (almost) here, and depending on what part of the country you’re in, the rainy season may be on its way. Here in Portland, the skies have already started to turn gray, and I’m thinking about how to prepare my dogs for the oncoming downpour.
From leash umbrellas to rain boots for dogs, we’ve got your best friend covered from head to tail. Read on to learn about the best doggy rain gear for your four-legged friend.
Rain Coats for Dogs
Let’s start with the basics: a waterproof jacket to keep your dog’s coat dry. Of course, some dogs don’t need a full-on raincoat; their natural coats keep them warm, and a good rub-down with a towel will dry them after a rainy walk. But if your dog likes (or at least tolerates) wearing clothes, a doggy rain slicker is a great way to keep them dry and looking fly in the rain.
The Packable Rain Poncho ($12), pictured above, comes in an array of bright colors and patterns, and it packs down into a small pouch that clips to the leash for easy access in case the rain starts while you’re halfway through a walk.
For longer rain exposure, check out Ruff Wear’s Aira Rain Jacket ($79.95), a windproof, waterproof, trail-ready jacket that will protect your dog from the elements on the rainy trail.
Why should you be the only one to carry an umbrella? If your dog doesn’t like to wear clothes, but you still want to keep the rain off their heads, a leash umbrella may be the perfect solution.
Best for smaller dogs, the Lesypet Dog Umbrella ($14.49) comes with a leash clip, and it’s clear so your dog won’t miss out on the beautiful rainy day view.
If you’re crafty and love a bargain, you can try your hand at making your own doggy umbrella at home.
Doggy Rain Boots
Fair warning: some dogs really can’t stand having anything put on their feet. But for dogs with sensitive paws who prefer to keep their toes dry, waterproof booties are a hit. And of course, they’re a great look for the doggy fashionista!
Jelly Wellies ($15.29) come in several bright colors to stand out on a cloudy day, including classic rain boot yellow.
For a more affordable, earth-friendly option, check out Pawz ($12.00-$14.00). These natural rubber booties come in packs of 12, so you have a quick replacement handy when one inevitably goes missing. Pawz are all-season; they also protect your dog’s feet from hot pavement and cold snow.
If your dogs are anything like mine, they won’t stand wearing a jacket or booties. A rainy day = a wet dog. Thankfully, super-absorbent pet towels make post-walk dry-off time quick and easy!
Paw Print Microfiber Dog Towels ($13.45 for a pack of two) are plush, lightweight, fold flat for easy packing, and can absorb 10 times their weight in water.
Going Beyond the Gear
Rain gear for dogs will make the wet season more bearable, but there are other things you can do to make rainy day walks safe and fun. Here are a few basic tips for rainy day walks:
- For rain-shy dogs, quick potty breaks in covered areas are best
- If your dog loves the rain, don’t limit her walk! Rain won’t hurt (but make sure you have your own umbrella or rain jacket to stay dry)
- Dry off thoroughly after the walk to help your dog warm up more quickly (and keep the furniture dry, of course)
- Puddles are fine to splash in, but don’t let your dog drink from a puddle, which can be full of bacteria, oils, and other icky stuff getting stirred up by the rain.
- When in doubt, “listen” to your dog. She’ll let you know if she wants to stay out in the rain or not!
Some pups love nothing more than a long romp in the rain, while others will have to be coaxed outside to do their business as quickly as possible. With a little preparation and the right rain gear, you and your dog will get through the rainy season warm and dry.
Featured image: Beautifulcataya
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