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How Do I Choose The Right Size Dog Jacket?

How Do I Choose The Right Size Dog Jacket?

Dogs big and small can use a good jacket to keep them warm on the slops, toasty on early morning walks or when spending excessive time outdoors during winter months.

The Ultimate Guide to Measuring Your Dog for a Coat: Because Even Fido Needs to Look Fabulous

So, you’ve decided your furry friend needs a coat. Maybe it’s to keep them warm, maybe it’s to make them the most stylish pup on the block, or perhaps both. Either way, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive into the delightfully detailed process of measuring your dog for that perfect coat.

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you begin, ensure you have the following:

  1. Flexible Measuring Tape: A sewing tape measure works best. No, your dad’s metal tape measure from the garage won’t do.
  2. Treats: Because your dog deserves a reward for their modeling efforts.
  3. Patience: This might take a few tries. Deep breaths.

Step 2: Find a Calm Moment

Timing is everything. Trying to measure your dog while they’re in the middle of their zoomies is like trying to catch a squirrel with your bare hands. Aim for a calm moment—post-nap or after a nice walk is ideal.

Step 3: Measure the Neck

The neck is where the magic begins. Wrap the measuring tape around the base of your dog’s neck, where their collar usually sits. Make sure it’s snug but not tight—think “comfy turtleneck” rather than “constricting necktie.” Note the measurement in inches or centimeters, whichever floats your boat.

Pro Tip: If your dog starts to think the tape measure is a toy, distract them with a treat. Or, if they’re anything like mine, have a friend hold the treat just out of reach.

Step 4: Measure the Chest

Next, we move to the chest, or the girth, as the professionals say. This is the widest part of your dog’s body, right behind the front legs. Wrap the tape measure around this area and ensure it’s snug but not squeezing the life out of them. Record the measurement.

Fun Fact: This is usually where you realize your dog has been sneaking extra snacks. We won’t judge.

Step 5: Measure the Back Length

This is the home stretch—literally. Measure from the base of your dog’s neck (where the collar sits) to the base of their tail. Make sure your dog is standing straight. If they decide to sit, lie down, or perform interpretive dance, gently encourage them back into a standing position.

Heads Up: If your dog has a curly tail, don’t measure to the end of the curl—just to where the tail begins.

Step 6: Measure the Leg Length (Optional)

Some pet coats and pet snowsuits, especially those designed for colder climates, cover part of the legs. To measure the leg length, start at the base of the leg (right where it meets the body) and measure down to the paw. Again, this is optional but can be helpful for full-body coats.

Step 7: Double-Check and Reward

Double-check your measurements. It’s easy to get a number wrong when your dog is wiggling like a fish out of water. Once you’re confident, give your dog plenty of praise and treats. They’ve earned it!

Now that you have your dog’s measurements, you’re ready to shop for that perfect coat. Whether you’re going for something functional or fashionable (or both), you’ve ensured your furry friend will be both warm and stylish. Remember, the right coat will make your dog look like the superstar they are. And who knows? Maybe they’ll even thank you by not rolling in mud the first chance they get.

Happy measuring!

A few more thoughts that might help:

1. Know Your Weather

Consider Their Internal Temperature Control: Different breeds regulate body temperature differently, and this impacts the kind of jacket they require. For example, breeds with thick fur might not need a heavy jacket, while those with thin or no fur could benefit from a warmer one.

You are pretty familiar with weather patterns near home, but do your research if you are traveling with your pet to the mountains, camping or a day of hiking. Be prepared with the right pet outerwear to ensure your time outdoors is amazing. You will not only want to consider the temperature, but also the amount of moisture from rain or snow that you may encounter.

Your pet temperature regulates differently than human body temperature, but your pet will need extra help depending on how low the temperatures will get, how long you plan to be outdoors and even the time of day for outdoor play.

2. Know Your Dog Breed’s Temperature Tolerance

Some dog breeds handle cold and hot weather much better than others. Your pet’s type of fur, thickness of coat and amount of body fur will also make a difference in battling the weather. Choose a jacket that helps to balance the lack of fur or the abundance.

3. Measure To Your Dog’s Stature and Comfort

Measure your pup from neck to tail, around the widest center and leg thickness. You will want to compare to your dog coat and jacket choice to make sure it will fit in all the right places. Look for jackets with a bit of stretch, adjustable straps or zippers to help fit your dog the best way possible.

4. Know How Wet It Will Be

If you will expose your pup to wet snow, rain and water, choose a coat, jacket or vest that is waterproof, helping to keep excess water from your pup’s neck and back, which will keep them having fun for a longer time.

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