Dog Coat Fitting Guide

16 AUGUST 2022

This article is written by our veterinarian, Dr Teagan Lever, BVSc (Hons)

Whatever your dog's lifestyle, there are plenty of benefits to be had from a well fitted dog coat. The right sized coats and clothes can express your dog's unique pawsonality as well as keeping them warm and dry this winter.

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How to Choose the Right Size Dog Coat

Types of Dog Coats and Clothes
Coats and Jackets
Rain Coats
Costumes and Accessories

How to Choose the Right Size Dog Coat

1. Get Your Dog Prepared

Start by getting your dog ready, as you will need your dog to be present to take measurements for the coat. If your dog is very wriggly or excited, you may need a helper and somehigh value treatsto encourage him to stand still while you measure him up.

2. Take Three Main Measurements

Most coats, jackets and jumpers will use back length as a measurement but to get a perfrect fit you'll need to take three measurements. The first measurement is the length measurement.which meausres from the base of the dog's neck to the base of the tail. Use a measuring tape and measure along the back from those two points.

The second measurement is the chest measurement, which is the widest part of the dog's chest usually just behind the elbows. Wrap the measuring tape right around the chest and take it at the widest point.

The third measurement is the neck measurement. Use this for your collars as well. Wrap the measuring tape around the neck gently where the collar would normally sit. Make sure it's tight but not too tight, and you should be able to fit two fingers underneath there comfortably.

Record your measurements. Write down your measurements so that you can refer to them when selecting a coat.

3. Find The Right Jacket or Coat For Your Dog

Find a jacket or jumper that fits your dog. With your measurements, you can choose the right size of coat for your dog. Remember that if your dog is between sizes, it's always best to go up rather than down for comfort.

If you have any questions about which jacket or jumper might be right for your pet, contact the friendly customer service or vet team for help. You can give them a call or send them an email, and they'd love to assist you.

4. Try On Dog Coat On

Once you have the coat that fits your dog, it's time to try it on. Make sure it's comfortable and fits well. If it's too tight or too loose, you may need to adjust the size accordingly.

Enjoy the benefits of a well-fitting dog coat that will keep your dog warm, dry and comfortable in all types of weather conditions.

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Dog Coats

Ensuring your pooch is snuggly warm and comfortable when out and about in the cooler months is essential, especially for a very lean, small, short-coated or sparsely-haired dog. Elderly dogs, and those who suffer from arthritis also benefit from the warmth that a coat or jacket provides.

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Dog Jumpers

This season's on trend must have is the chunky, cosy knit jumper. These snuggly jumpers are perfect for indoors and can also add an additional layer of warmth under a weatherproof coat for those extra cold nights. Jumpers aren't just for little dogs anymore either; there's a huge range of styles and colours available this year to suit dogs of all shapes and sizes.

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Dog Rain Coats

An absolutely essential piece for any dog's wardrobe is a weather resistant coat to keep them cosy during winter walkies and toilet breaks. For cooler climates look for fleece linings and insulation to ensure extra warmth, if your pooch spends a lot of time outdoors a tough water resistant dog coat with a nylon outer shell is the way to go.

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Dog Shirts

Grand final weekend is sorted! Your dog can show their true colours with an official shirt and AFL and NRL merchandise from their favourite teams.

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Dog Pyjamas

Are you one of the many pet parents who lets their furry family members share the bed? Pooch Pyjamass don't just offer extra warmth (and look adorable!), they may also help to catch dog hair and dirt to keep your sheets cleaner for longer.

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Dog Costumes and Accessories

Whether you're heading out for a spot of brunch at your favourite dog friendly cafe, squeezing in a cheeky sunday session with your pooch pal or heading out to a Halloween party, there's nothing like a statement piece to say 'This isn't just any dog!' Showcase your dog's uniqueness with a fun, fashion forward statement piece designed to turn heads and start conversations.

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