Are April showers making it hard for you to get through your daily walks? We’re here to help! Whether your dog is a total water lover or you have to bribe them to even consider stepping outside, these rainy day essentials will help you make it through until the May flowers arrive.
Just like humans, many dogs prefer to have a jacket to keep them nice and dry while braving the rain. We love the HDE Dog Raincoat for a number of reasons, starting with the fact that it has proper sleeves. Most dog rain jackets are more like vests, but HDE’s has long sleeves to keep their legs dry. Other great features of the jacket include the fact that it’s double-layered so it can help keep your pup warm on cooler spring days, that it has a reflective strip for increased visibility, and that it comes in three cute colors. It’s available in sizes small to XXL, but if you’re not sure what size you need they have a detailed sizing chart to help you decide.
When it comes to walking essentials for rainy days, safety is as important to consider as comfort. Visibility is reduced in the rain, especially in low light, so you’ll want to look for ways to help your pup stand out. Pawtitas’ reflective harness and leash are designed to reflect ambient light in extreme low light conditions, providing maximum visibility. They both come in a range of colors – including neon green for an additional level of visibility – so you can get a matching set or mix and match.
No matter how good their jacket is, it’s impossible to keep your pup 100% dry. This is especially true if your walk involves any time at the dog park or on a wooded trail. If you need to take a car to get to your dog’s favorite spot, then this Active Pets Car Seat Cover will be a lifesaver for rainy days. Suitable for cars of any size, this sturdy cover features four headrest anchors, two-seat anchors, and a non-slip bottom coating so it stays in place no matter how much your dog moves around. The cover itself is made from 600D Oxford waterproof cotton so it’s easy to clean as needed.
Even if it’s not actively raining during your walk, your pup’s feet are bound to get wet and muddy. Thankfully, the Dexas MudBuster Portage Dog Paw Washer makes it quick and easy to clean their paws when you get home. Instead of dealing with a full-body bath, this handy tool allows you to wash each paw individually. Simply add a little water to the tumbler, insert their paw, twist a few times, remove the paw and dab it dry. While twisting, the silicone bristles gently remove dirt and mud from your dog’s paw without any soap (or mess) required. After you’re done, simply pop it in the top-rack dishwasher so it’s nice and clean for next time.
Once your pup’s paws are clean, it’s time to tackle their damp coat. The Dirty Dog Shammy is made of soft, absorbent, and quick-drying microfiber and the two handles make it easy to maneuver around the most wiggly pup. And don’t worry about how dirty it gets in use, the shammy is completely machine washable.
We hope these rainy day essentials will help you and your make it through the spring shower season. Have another walking essential you can’t live without? Share it with other Freshpet parents in the comments!