|12-18-2013 11:29 AM|
My fiance says the same thing.
|12-18-2013 11:26 AM|
|Waldi||I never put coats on my dogs even at -36 deg C, use boots below -15 if there is fresh snow as ice ball form on thier paws and create problem if walking for loger distance. My dogs love snow and cold and there is not need (in my opinion) for GS to wear one. One interesting view I read is that we huminize dogs not thinkingabout thier instincts and way of behaving, and by putting coats on thier backs we force them into submissive behaviour (one dog will put another in submissive behaviour by placing ther head on back of the other dog) and they actually will hate it. Observe your dog, if they show sign of distress and no desire to ewalk in the cold , perhaps you may consider coat, but otherwise, leave them to deal with it.|
|12-18-2013 11:08 AM|
So weird I'm reading this as I drive to a 6.5 mile hike in the snowy mountains with my girl her coat and sweater are already on her and her boots sit in my lap! I normally put a sweater, (any brand really) followed by a coat (Petco store brand) to cut the wind and help repel water, with her harness on top, the boots- mainly because we will be out for a few hours and I worry about her paws getting cold, or damaged. They are Petco store brand " all weather extreme outdoor paw protection" (that's the name). Actually have to places to adjust them so they stay on, and are made of neoprene. They aren't to expensive, 39.99 and I've liked them so far Attachment 151026
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|12-05-2013 09:34 PM|
|Kat Tastic||We just got a Ruffwear collar, it is good quality.|
|12-05-2013 07:19 AM|
|JeanKBBMMMAAN||Ruffwear Performance Dog Gear | Dog Packs | Dog Boots products are nice. I've never bought the jackets or boots, but love the harness and backpack.|
|12-05-2013 07:13 AM|
|jocoyn||I have even thought about a jacket down here at times. Mainly to keep mud and muck from penetrating the coat and having it brought in|
|12-05-2013 04:06 AM|
|Kat Tastic||Has anyone used Mushers Secret? Was thinking of getting a small tub for when we take the dogs up to the snow in Sequoia National Park.|
|12-04-2013 11:23 PM|
If the boots are mostly to protect from the salt, I'd suggest trying Pawz boots. They are very thin stretchy disposable boots, sorta look like balloons. Because they are very thin the dog can still feel the ground normally so a lot of dogs don't mind wearing them unlike regular boots. I used these for my GSD to protect her feet, because they go overboard with putting down salt and chemicals here in the winter.
As for coats, Ruffwear makes some nice coats for active dogs. I also have an awesome very warm quilted dog coat made by a company called Scooters Friends. They are made in the USA and go up to very large sizes. They're pretty expensive though-- I won the one I have in a raffle...
|12-04-2013 08:59 AM|
|Suka||Thanks for that suggestion. Yes, that product is called Musher's Secret. It just doesn't help with salt between the toes.|
|12-04-2013 08:51 AM|
My dog has the same, more of a tight coat.
I never use a jacket except for days where I have to walk the dog and it's freezing rain or something really bad like that. I did get one that is water resistant and has thin layer of insulation. I have also used it when it's been extremely cold and I've had her out at a workshop and she has to sit in a cold car for a number of hours in her crate, she seemed comfortable.
This is the one she has, I think RC West Coast Rain Wear, Black - 12 I've only used it a couple of times though
If it's just snow, she doesn't need a coat, I think they really do like the colder weather rather than the warmer months.
I tried boots on her paws because when it's bitterly cold, she was limping (not from salt, just from the cold), but she will not wear them (I can't say I blame her), so unfortunately, she just has to gimp around while she does her business.
I think there's a product you can put on their paws, to help protect them, but I can't remember what it's called.
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