The leaves are falling and cooler temperatures are on the way! You may have already started your autumn routine; decorating, pulling out your flannel from storage, and cozying up with your pup by a warm fire. We love matching pajamas as much as you do, but your dog may need something a little warmer for routine trips outside. How do you know if your dog needs to wear clothes in the cooler months? When picking the right seasonal accessories for your pet, you’ll want to consider a few different things. What kind of breed you own? Where you live? What are the average fall and winter temperatures? How much time does your dog spend outside? All of these factors will help you find the right clothes for Fido’s lifestyle!

Depending on the breed(s), your dog may have an extra layer of fur called an undercoat. Some breeds are bred to thrive in colder temperatures and are born with thick undercoats. Undercoats give dogs an extra layer of protection from the elements. A Husky, for example, is born with a thick undercoat. You can check if your dog has one too! First, part the fur and examine if there is a layer underneath. An undercoat will have a down pillow like texture. It is very soft, smoothe and also lays differently than the top coat. Other breeds like Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzus, and Bichon Frises typically don’t do well in cold weather. Therefore, these breeds should always have an extra layer for added warmth and protection. There are lots of inexpensive ways to keep your dog warm.

Sweaters, hoodies and coats are all excellent choices. Some dogs are comfortable in onesies like knit pajamas when they are indoors. Others may feel restricted and prefer a vest or knit sweater. There are options with zippers, velcro, buttons and snap closures, so take your dog shopping with you if possible to find the right fit. If you are traveling to the mountains or going hiking in cooler temperatures, we recommend a waterproof option. Lastly, don’t forget about those paws! We were boots to protect our feet from the snow and ice. Paws are no exception! They can get chapped and frost bite just like our skin. Booties are a great way to eliminate this concern and keep paws protected. We love dogs in clothes!

Your dog may not need a sweater or coat to go outside if it is just for a quick bathroom break. However, if your dog spends most of the time outside, then an extra layer, plus a warm, insulated shelter, is a must. A dog house will help keep your dog warm, dry and away from any harsh elements. Additionally, a constant water supply is also crucial for the health of your dog! Dehydration can still occur in cold temperatures. A heated water bowl guarantees a constant supply of fresh water at all times.

In conclusion, we hope that you have some fun in the colder months! Take advantage of the changing scenery and go for nature hikes or the dog park with friends. The right accessories can help you bond all year round!

About The Author Giselle Rodriguez

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