A warm winter coat – for the dog!

Dog in winter coat

Winter has arrived.. only days ago. Apparently. Not for this short haired dog though. He curls up in a ball so tight, he looks the size of a chiwawa. He’s taller than my knee..

So a few weeks ago, I made him a new winter coat. The last one I bought, was lined with an old woollen blanket. Such a genius idea. Sad he decided to lose it, on what can only be presumed was a blackberry bush, when going for a run after some rabbits, last winter. 5 hours later he was found, tired and minus coat. That was an interesting day.

I wouldve loved to written a tutorial on how I made the dog coat, but really, it was a heap of fiddling that could have been avoided, and it depends on the size of your dog.

My tips are:

  •  Pick a time when the dog is chilled out. Nothing like trying to fit a dog who is excited!
  • Get an old pure woollen jacket (preferably a large one) and felt it in hot water.
  • Use a heavy duty outer fabric (I picked a good quality calico).
  • Bind it together with a large width bias binding.
  • Use elastic around the belly of the dog.

So Im just going to show you some photos of my surprisingly photogenic dog! (Yes, I realise he isnt the most attractive dog!!)

The elastic should fit snugly around the belly. His last one had thick elastic and velcro, very handy!
The elastic should fit snugly around the belly. His last one had thick elastic and velcro, very handy!
I made the neckband out of the neckband from the woollen jumper.
I made the neckband out of the neckband from the woollen jumper.
Fits snugly around the chest and shoulders
Fits snugly around the chest and shoulders

 

Nice and toasty with the woollen jumper lining his coat
Nice and toasty with the woollen jumper lining his coat
Yep, he did stick his nose on the lens shortly after.
Yep, he did stick his nose on the lens shortly after.

And my favourite photo for last..

He was trying to inconspicuously sniff the treats I had in my hand haha!
He was trying to inconspicuously sniff the treats I had in my hand haha!

So did you spot the attempted photobombing of another lovely dog? Thank goodness she has been blessed with a thick natural coat!

Now bring on winter!! (Well, maybe not too bad.. I havent made a coat for myself yet…!)

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2 thoughts on “A warm winter coat – for the dog!”

  1. All dogs are cuties to me 😁 This one has the biggest ears, bet he hears the cookie jar lid from miles away!
    Love the coat, looks pretty warm. I tried to copy the ‘Thunder shirt’ for mine, as he hates storms. It looks great, however doesn’t calm him. Oh well.

    1. I love all dogs too 🙂 Apparently I point out every dog I see when we are driving.. I didnt realise that wasnt normal!!
      He does hear noises very well!
      Our other dog hates thunder too, but Ive havent tried her in a vest yet. Ive seen one in a pet shop though. I think maybe its certain points that have to be really firm on their body. Like the front of their chest. I could be way off on the though!

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