Along with the basic items most dogs need, such as collars and leashes, many dogs need other accessories such as rain gear and booties. This is particularly true if you and your dog live in the city and you have to walk your dog in inclement weather.

Rain gear

Dog rain gear can be simple and slicker-style, or it can be quite elaborate. In many cases the rain gear is made of bright colors to help your dog be easily seen on a a gray day, so colors include yellow, orange, and pink. If the gear comes in darker colors you should make sure it has reflective strips to help your dog be seen in low light. Slickers and jackets can range from sizes that barely reach down to your dog’s stomach (a soft shell style) to some that come down almost to the ground. Most gear fits over the dog’s head and then buckles around the dog’s waist.

While some gear only includes the slicker or rain jacket, other rain gear will also have available a hat for the dog. Some gear will even have available rain boots. Just remember that the more rain gear you have for your dog, the longer if will take to put it on and take it off when you go outside.

Fabrics are usually water-resistant materials, just as they are with human rain coats.

Shoes and booties

Urban dogs can also need shoes and booties for walking on pavement. This is especially true on hot summer days and when the sidewalks are icy. Booties can help protect your dog’s paws on hot pavement in the summer, especially when it’s extremely hot. In the winter time, when sidewalks are icy, the ice is one problem, but the de-icing chemicals can also hurt your dog’s paws, especially if he goes home and licks them off his paws. Ingesting these chemicals can make your dog sick. Snow and ice can also lead to chapped and cracked paws. So, booties can be a big help in the city.

As you might guess, booties come in different styles and sizes. They generally come in sizes ranging from x-small to x-large. You can find them in fashion styles and in very sturdy styles.

Even if you don’t live in the city, booties can be helpful for dogs. If you hike a lot with your dog, especially over rough ground, booties can protect your dog’s paws. If you have an elderly dog who has trouble standing and walking, a pair of booties with soles that grip well can help your dog remain mobile.

Bandanas

You can find bandanas many places. They don’t have to be specifically made for dogs. Your dog can wear one of your bandanas. But there are lots of bandanas made just for dogs and some of them have fun sayings on them or cute artwork that applies to dogs. You can find them at pet supply stores or online. Even some of the companies that make designer clothes for dogs make matching bandanas. They’re fun and functional at the same time. You never know when you might need to use your dog’s bandana for something practical like covering a wound or soaking up some cool water when he’s hot. It’s a good idea to keep several bandanas for your dog so he always has some that are clean and ready to use.

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