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Love my Cavaliers
30th November 2008, 10:27 PM
How many of you who live in climates where it gets cold put sweaters and/or jackets on their dogs? I live in the suburbs of Chicago and winter can be downright cold, nasty, and snowy, but I have never put a sweater on any of my dogs. I'm wondering if I should be though. Also, if you use a sweater or jacket when they're playing in the snow, is there one that will keep the snowballs off? Thanks,

Mindysmom
30th November 2008, 10:58 PM
I have never used a sweater or jacket but I did buy a jacket for Mindy because we are going to class in an unheated barn and I thought she seemed cold. The only time we've used it for a walk the snow (which was pretty deep) worked it's way between her jacket and her coat so I figured that defeated the purpose. I probably won't use it again in the snow but if she's going to be just standing around where there isn't a concern of her getting wet I'll probably put it on her.

I live in Ontario and it gets pretty cold but we don't spend a lot of time outdoors when it's too cold.

Shivers
1st December 2008, 08:55 AM
I just ordered Belle a sweater and a coat because she is a bit on the small side and we are getting a very cold winter so far this year. It hasnt arrived yet so ill try it on her when we go for our walk and see what she thinks.

leesanlucie
1st December 2008, 11:56 AM
My 2 dogs both have a jumper and a coat each.
I live in Scotland and it is freezing at the moment....actually we have snow where i am!:p
I sometimes have to put my pups jumper on during the day as she gets really shivery even though my heating is on all day and every night...hubby cant believe i leave the heating on for the dogs!His response"they have fur!"
The other reason mine wear them is when I take them to trails at the weekend my adult cav ends up bringing back half a tree all stuck in her fur....she has really long hair.Really she needs an all in one from ankles upwards as i spend nearly an hour or 2 trying to cut them out when i get home and she is not a happy doggy!
I dnt see a problem with the dogs wearing the jumper/coats.

petcrazyme
1st December 2008, 05:38 PM
I live in Ottawa, Ontario, CAN. Although a beautiful city, we get polar extremes in terms of our weather here. Winter is downright nasty a lot of the time. I'm determinded to continue daily walks with Maisy as much as possible so I went searching for the warmest dog coat I could find.

The K9 Topcoat Kodiak was my choice as it is light weight yet very warm. The site (http://www.k9topcoat.com/product.asp?specific=168)
quotes "This coat was tested tough at the 2006 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. It it works there--it will work anywhere.".

I haven't used it yet but I can tell you this ...it better keep my dog warm because with the exchange rate and shipping it cost me a fortune. I spent way more on her coat than I spent on my own!

islewriter
1st December 2008, 06:21 PM
Kirra wears a wax coat - when it is stormy/raining - and it is excellent and many folk are impressed.

Kirra loves to wear the coat - always waits until the coat is in place before setting to the outer door :)

She also is waiting for a coat that 'Fifer' of Spaniel Trust is making for her - and I just know it will be wonderful in the winter - which can be quite harsh here on our wee isle.

She also loves to be dried off with her warm towel - which is waiting on the radiator on our return. And of course groomed - after all she is an 'Irish Princess' :lotsaluv:

cb2u
1st December 2008, 06:21 PM
I will put a little sweater on sasha if it's really freezing, like below 30 degrees, and we will be taking a walk or being outside for more than a few minutes.

She seems to like the pullovers.... she runs away from the ones w/ velcro (i had to return those). I suppose the noise alarms her.

avejo
1st December 2008, 06:33 PM
Lady actually prefers the velcro ones - I think because they go on and off more easily. She has a fleece coat to wear when it's below freezing and/or there is a lot of cold wind, and she seems to feel pretty smart in it as her tail wags higher and harder when it's on!

jgponder
1st December 2008, 06:54 PM
I have a sweater and a coat and Alex does not mind either. In fact he gets as excited by the coats as he does by the leash. My problem is with the boots I got. He just stands there in them and looks like I have hurt him or something. When he does try to walk, he can't stand up. Do they take a long time in getting used to? I even tried to get him used to having something on his feet by putting on baby socks and he acted the same. The 1st pair I thought were a little short so I exchanged them for a larger pair and I know these are plenty big enough. Anyone else have this problem?

Jane, Mom to Alex,

gocamping
2nd December 2008, 02:48 AM
I am not one for dressing dogs. I will do so for an occasional picture for a calendar. I do put coats on them when it is really cold.

Mindysmom
2nd December 2008, 12:32 PM
Mindy doesn't care for her coat. I think I'll try it again when it's cold but there is no snow. I figure with the snow getting trapped inside and melting it probably defeats the purpose of a coat anyway. Her internal temperature seems to have changed as she has aged. When we first got her we lived in a mllder but damper climate. She could never seem to get warm enough even in the house. Now I have a hard time convincing her to stay out in the yard with me in the summer - she prefers the air conditioning inside but once the weather cools she loves being out.

Halina
2nd December 2008, 05:32 PM
I never understood why people dressed their dogs until I had Hali and she is a "freezy cat". We live in the Midwest and the weather is quite bad. I purchased her a Puppia winter coat, a Puppia rain coat (fall when cold and rainy) and a sweat shirt all from Puppia. I like the people quality of the product. She wears these items when going for a walk or potty.

Mindysmom
2nd December 2008, 05:39 PM
Mindy does have a raincoat that she doesn't mind wearing when it's raining hard. She doesn't like being wet.

k4teacher
3rd December 2008, 08:18 PM
interesting that you guys would be talking about this. I am a newbie to the Cav world. I have a Golden...and I used to have a Scottie (RIP)...anyway...I have never seen the need to put a coat on a dog. Both would run in the snow and roll around...never a care...But, now with McCoy (4 month old tri color) he seemd to really shiver, even just riding in the car with me. and it hasn't even gotten that cold here yet. So, are Cavs more sensitive to the cold...or just mine? I have been thinking of getting him a coat...:paw:

heather r
3rd December 2008, 08:38 PM
K4teacher;

We also have a 2 1/2 yr. old golden and an almost 5 mo. blenheim. The latter's breeder said that she doesn't need a coat. Since it gets quite cold and damp here on Cape Cod; thought that I'd wait to see how she reacts to weather.

Heather R

murphy's mum
3rd December 2008, 08:53 PM
We have a jacket for Murphy, we put it on if it's really, really cold, or if it cold and wet. I don't think he really minds either way, it's probably for my peace of mind, rather than him being cold:rolleyes:

cb2u
4th December 2008, 01:04 AM
interesting that you guys would be talking about this. I am a newbie to the Cav world. I have a Golden...and I used to have a Scottie (RIP)...anyway...I have never seen the need to put a coat on a dog. Both would run in the snow and roll around...never a care...But, now with McCoy (4 month old tri color) he seemd to really shiver, even just riding in the car with me. and it hasn't even gotten that cold here yet. So, are Cavs more sensitive to the cold...or just mine? I have been thinking of getting him a coat...:paw:
Sasha had a very thin coat when she was less than a year old, and she seemed so vulnerable... I just felt like if it was below freezing and we'd be outside for more than 5 or 10 minutes, a sweater would be good. I also kept a little fleece blanket in the car too.

Now her coat is alot thicker so she doesn't seem to need a sweater as much.
If it's bitter cold and we'll be in the car, I will put a sweater on her. She seems to like it! (I still have the blanket in the car :) )

arasara
4th December 2008, 10:58 PM
My doggies both have all kinds of different coats and sweaters and most recently - rain coats :P

I find that they have too much hair to let them go out and get a bajillion snowballs in it - snowballs create tangles, and my dogs HATE me brushing out tangles - ;) They also get all wet and then take forever to dry out - add that to the brrrr factor, and I keep them in coats during the winter time! I also have muttluks boots for them because I don't want them hurting their paws from the salt :)

Good luck!

cy1266
5th December 2008, 05:11 PM
Miles wears a coat when it's really cold out, he doesn't mind wearing one at all. I bought it at Sam & Willy's in Chicago (Lakeview), they have a great selection!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2223/2250383135_8ea657626b.jpg?v=0


Here's the sweater he used to wear before we got him his coat, Truman will probably wear this sweater this winter since he has a much thicker coat than Miles and doesn't need anything too heavy.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2125/2158829348_143beaa297.jpg?v=0

I need to buy Truman a pair of boots, their little paws were so cold when I walked them yesterday morning. I should have put Miles' Muttluks on him, but I didn't think he needed them yet...I was wrong, and I ended up carrying him home :o

k4teacher
5th December 2008, 08:44 PM
thanks...for the thoughts, all...McCoy's coat does seem thin...right now, with him being so young...and no hair to speak of on his tummy...I think I will go ahead and get him a little coat!:dogwlk:

Melissa
6th December 2008, 06:37 AM
I have a sweater and a coat and Alex does not mind either. In fact he gets as excited by the coats as he does by the leash. My problem is with the boots I got. He just stands there in them and looks like I have hurt him or something. When he does try to walk, he can't stand up. Do they take a long time in getting used to? I even tried to get him used to having something on his feet by putting on baby socks and he acted the same. The 1st pair I thought were a little short so I exchanged them for a larger pair and I know these are plenty big enough. Anyone else have this problem?

Jane, Mom to Alex,

With Maverick, I put his boots on and right away I take him outside.

arasara
8th December 2008, 04:08 AM
Kosmo and Faith both took a bit of time getting used to the muttluks. Faith still hates them, but she doesn't have much of a choice :rolleyes: I put two on in the house (1 on front and 1 on back) and left them on for about 5 minutes, then the next day I put all 4 on for 5 minutes and just gradually made them get used to it.. Faith threw a fit and wouldn't walk ANYWHERE with the booties on so I had to do a "if you want a treat, yo'ull walk to me in those shoes for it!" game. . . but she eventually got used to it and will now at least tolerate it :flwr: