Are you thinking about getting your dog a jacket or a crate? But you are not sure if your pooch needs such “accessories?”

Well, look for answers no more. Today I’m going to talk about why your dog might need a dog jacket and a dog crate. So, keep on reading.

Why Do You Need Dog Jackets and Dog Crates

Does your dog need a dog jacket?

Dog jackets look incredibly cute on any dog. But does your dog really need one? Well, in general, dogs do tolerate cold temperatures better than humans.

However, whether your dog needs a dog jacket depends on his coat type and where you live. For example, dogs with thick fur such as Saint Bernard do not need jackets because their bodies are made to endure harsh winter conditions.

Short-haired and hairless dogs, on the other hand, need every bit of protection during cold winter days. Since these dog breeds don’t generate enough or retain enough heat to protect themselves against the elements, they don’t do well in cold weather.

Moreover, breeds that stay low to the ground (picture a Dachshund) are much more vulnerable to the cold than their large, double-coat brethren, and they can get frostbite very quickly.

As such, if you take a short-haired or a hairless dog outside without a jacket for more than a couple of minutes can endanger your pooch’s health. Not to mention that such a dog will relish the added warmth of a jacket even inside the house.

Other dogs that might need jackets when taking a stroll in winter are:

  • Senior dogs
  • Young puppies
  • Dogs recovering from illness or injury
  • Dogs with chronic diseases, such as arthritis

If your pooch falls in any of these categories, you should consider getting your dog a jacket to keep him warm in winter.

Do you need dog crates?

A lot of people consider crate training to be cruel and unnecessary because they don’t like the idea of confining their dog inside a crate. However, they are far from the truth. Let me explain why dogs need crate training.

By nature, dogs look for a secure place to make a den. Inside this den, they know that they are safe from predators. So, they don’t have to be on their guard all the time.

While dogs don’t have anything to fear at home, they still need a stop to call their own. They need a place where they can go when they feel overwhelmed, scared, or tired. That’s what the crate would be for your dog if you introduce Rover properly to it.

In addition to this, dog crates can be life-savers for owners when they want to leave the dog alone for a couple of hours. Since dogs tend to keep their dens clean, they are not likely to make a mess inside.

As such, dog crates are invaluable for housebreaking your puppy and teaching him to control his bladder and bowel movements. Not to mention that a crate is perfect for the times when you have to leave a puppy unsupervised.

How to choose dog jackets and dog crates?

Dog jackets come in a variety of styles and materials. However, what’s important is that the jacket must be comfortable on your dog and that it should be free of zippers, buttons, or hooks that your dog might chew or swallow.

As for the material, some dogs get itchy from wool, so while it keeps warm, it’s not always the best choice. Instead, look for a coat made of waterproofed or water-resistant material so that it would protect your pooch in snowy and rainy weather.

In addition to this, the coat should be thick to keep your dog warm. For additional comfort, you might look for a jacket with fleece lining. These usually are very comfortable and soft. Shop dog jackets here.

When it comes to crates, the usual choices are between fabrics, wire, and plastic. Fabric crates are perfect for small dogs because they function as transport bags. However, they are not very sturdy, and a stubborn dog could tear them apart.

As such, fabric crates are not for long confinement. On the other hand, plastic crates are sturdier, while wire crates are easier to store when you’re not using them.

Your choice will depend largely on your dog’s breed and how much time your dog will have to spend inside the crate.

As for the size, it shouldn’t be too big or too small. A big crate means that your dog can use a part of it as a toilet. You don’t want this. What you need is a crate big enough for your dog to stand, turn, and lay down comfortably. You can shop for dog crates here.

In conclusion, your dog does need a dog crate. It’s an essential part of obedience training, and it will make your life much easier. A dog jacket is necessary only for those small breed dogs that don’t tolerate cold at all.

What do you think about why dogs need dog crates and dog jackets? Tell us your opinion in the comment section.

(Last Updated On: November 12, 2019)

Alayna Mayer Ph.D. has accrued more than ten years of professional veterinary experience. She emphasizes homeopathic care in her practice, but she makes all options known to her patients’ humans so that they can make well-informed decisions about their pets’ health. Email: [email protected]