Drying your dog after a muddy walk can be a nightmare, particularly in winter when it’s cold! Drying coats have increased in popularity over recent years, inspired by similar products for humans. Despite growing up with spaniels all my life, I’d never heard of using a drying coat for your dog, until I adopted Woody. There are so many different types of drying coat on the market, in a variety of sizes, colours and price points. Woody and I have been trying a few brands over the past few months and thought we’d share with you what we think!
Why use a Drying Coat for Your Dog?
A common question I get asked is why use a drying coat for your dog in the first place? Initially I was a sceptic too, coats are far more expensive than a traditional towel. However, I’ve since become a real advocate for these products. They replace the need for towels completely, saving time drying dogs by hand and are a great way of keeping your house and car clean during winter.
Drying coats are definitely an investment piece for your dog. They typically start at around £30 depending on size, material and brand. Once purchased, they last for months, take up little space and are easy to maintain. I find towels can be bulky to store, however all of Woody’s drying coats fold neatly into his storage drawer. We get plenty of use out of them too, at the moment we’re using at least one everyday after our walks.
Equafleece Dog Suit £28.00+
I purchased Woody’s Equafleece last year, after hearing raving reviews online. They’re available in a variety of colours, most of which are more subtle than Woody’s Fluorescent Yellow! I opted for the Dog Suit design, which covers all four of Woody’s legs. There are a range of styles available, including the Dog Jumper, which covers the front legs or a Tankie, which just covers your dog’s body. There’s a cutaway at nether regions of the Dog Suit, which enables Woody to go to the toilet while wearing his Equafleece. I think it’s a great feature!
Woody practically lives in his Equafleece during winter, it’s great for removing sand and mud after our morning walks. I put Woody in it after we’ve been out, however you can use it to keep your dog warm and dry while they’re walking if you prefer. The fleeces are bespoke and made to measure. You submit your dog’s measurements on their website and it will figure out your size. Woody’s measurements caused an error, as he’s a large working cocker spaniel. The team were quick to advise the correct size via email and I cannot fault the customer service.
Woody’s second drying coat is by Dogrobes, a small business based in Scotland. Woody modelled their range in a photoshoot earlier this summer and we received some complimentary Dogrobes in return. Dogrobes are similar to dressing gowns. Simply wrap it around your dog’s body and secure it using the ties on their back. Unlike the Equafleece, Dogrobes don’t cover your dog’s legs, however they are available in a variety of bright colours.
Dogrobes are sold in two parts, the main body and a snood. You can purchase them as a set, which saves you some money. The towel-like fabric is slightly thinner than Woody’s Equafleece, so I tend to use his Dogrobe during the summer. It’s also great to use at home post-bath, though I only ever bathe Woody if he’s rolled in something nasty!
Paws and Presto* £50
The final drying coat for your dog is by Paws and Presto. Technically it’s not a coat, it’s more of a bag-like design. We were sent a complimentary Drying Device to try ahead of their recent product launch. I’m going to be honest, Woody isn’t a fan. He is a very active spaniel and rarely sits still. Restricting his movement is stressful to Woody. Zipping the drying device fully closed caused him to panic.
I imagine this product would be better suited to more sedentary dogs. The legs of the Equafleece dog suit make them problematic for arthritic dogs in particular. However using a drying bag could be kinder to your dog’s joints and more comfortable for older dogs. Likewise, if your dog isn’t used to wearing sleeves, this drying bag could be a great alternative. I’m keen to try the device as a sleeping bag though. I’ve been looking for something I can use while camping for a while now. The micro-fibre fabric is thick and cosy, I’ve caught Woody snoozing on it a couple of times. Perhaps we’re on to a winner!
These are just some of the drying coats available on the market. There are plenty of brands creating drying solutions for your dog, so be sure to do your research! Woody and I definitely prefer the Equafleece and we use it multiple times a day at the moment. I’m actually considering buying him a second Dog Suit, as I go into panic when his current one is in the wash!
Do you use a drying coat for your dog? Which style do you prefer? We’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments!
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* Dogrobes sent us 3 complimentary products when Woody modelled for them this summer. Paws and Presto also sent us a complimentary Drying Device ahead of the product’s launch this month (October 2018.) All thoughts are honest and our own. We wanted to discuss a variety of styles, brands and designs in this post to help you choose the right drying coat for your dog.