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GQ’s “Best Dog Coats To Step Out For Walkies In Style”

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Source: GQ Magazine UK – By Emily Peck

Looking for a dog coat that will see your beloved pooch suitably wrapped up as you brave the elements this season? The GQ edit is here to help, featuring designs to suit all breeds, from cute cockapoos to boisterous beagles.

Aside from organic “vegan” dog food, designer collars and fur-lined sleeping baskets, a practical yet stylish dog coat is the ultimate accessory for man’s best friend this season. Keeping your darling pooch perfectly pampered, our edit of the best dog coats includes designs that are not only ergonomically crafted to cover your dog in all the right places, but are also made from tactile and easy-to-clean materials. And while not every dog will technically need a dog coat, those with finer hair – such as dachshunds and whippets that feel the cold more – will thank you with their signature doe-eyed glance when you wrap them up for a walk on chilly winter mornings.

Which dog coat is best?

When searching for a dog coat, one of the most important things you’ll want to ask is whether it fits. “Choosing a dog coat that is the perfect size is key,” says Joanna Murray of Stix And Co. “Look for a design that is waterproof and warm, machine washable and easy to wear, so that it gives your dog maximum coverage and they remain dry, at the optimum temperature and mud-free.

“You can find breed-specific dog coats online that are functional and practical – with a pop of neon colour for easy visibility – and they look good too,” continues Murray. “Some dogs don’t like having things put over their head – especially older dogs who have stiff joints – so a dog coat with a zip can help overcome this problem.”

What should I look for when buying a dog coat?

Our superficial selves love the adorable cut and patterns of the latest dog coats – we’ve even tried looking online for matching human versions of said coats so we can “twin” with our pet while trotting down the street. Style aside, however, we do, of course, take animal welfare very seriously here at GQ, which is why we asked RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines to throw us a bone with her expert advice on how to buy the best dog coat…

THINK ABOUT WHETHER YOUR DOG REALLY NEEDS A COAT

“While it’s popular to dress your dog in a coat, some dogs may find it worrying and scary if their outfits restrict their movement and natural behaviors. That said, some coats have clear benefits – especially if you have an elderly dog or one with a very thin coat, as it can protect them from wet weather, keep them warm and help you see them more clearly at night.”

INTRODUCE THE IDEA OF A COAT SLOWLY

“Give your pet time to get used to their new coat gradually, letting them wear it for short periods of time and in a positive way. For example, give them treats so they learn to associate wearing their coat with good experiences.”

MAKE SURE THEY ARE COMFORTABLE

“Think about whether your pet can still behave as usual when wearing their coat and exhibit normal body language – such as move their tail and ears – to signal to you and other animals how they feel. Are they able to go to the toilet, eat and drink, run around and not get too hot?”

THINK ABOUT SAFETY

“Make sure the new coat doesn’t have any parts that could cause your pet to hurt themselves and avoid any they could become trapped in. It’s important to always supervise your pet when wearing their coat.”

ASK YOURSELF, ‘DOES IT FIT?’

“Is your pet’s coat easy to take on and off? Choose a dog coat that matches your dog’s breed or close to it in size – you don’t want a coat that is so small it doesn’t keep your dog warm and it shouldn’t be uncomfortably tight around them or restrict their movement. It shouldn’t be too big either, so that it twists or places them at risk of injury or getting stuck.”

CHOOSE A COAT THAT ENSURES THE OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

“Make sure your pet doesn’t overheat in their new coat. This is particularly important during the warmer months and for dogs who are overweight, poorly or have flat faces and may feel the heat more.”

CHECK THE FABRIC

“Some materials might be too noisy for your dog when they move and they may find that irritating. Choose materials that are easy to clean too – especially if you have a dog who loves muddy puddles!”

Check out the GQ edit of best dog coats here

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