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Does your Golden wear a raincoat?

Paxton is outside with me for almost 4 hours/day and we live in Vancouver (British Columbia) where now that it is winter it rains constantly.
 

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Goldens do have a water resistant coat. When we toss Jack in the pond for awhile and then take him out and part his coat we can see that his skin is still dry. Amazing! I don't think a raincoat would hurt though...if it stays on him. It just might lessen the drying time.
 

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My instinctive response is to say that goldens come with their own built in raincoat. Rookie loves to be out in the rain, no coat necessary. But 4 hours does seem like a long time. Is that 4 consecutive hours?
 

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My dogs do have raincoats, but really they are more for me than them. I bought them to cut down on the wet dog smell when it rained. They don't really mind wearing them. Here's a picture of Bailey wearing hers to keep the stitches on her back dry after her surgery.
 

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I'd be willing to try one! Not in summer, but in winter, I try to have mine out with me at least 3 hours a day. They can get pretty soppy in the cold wet rain/snow drizzle and it would definitely cut drying time on those evenings.
And I have to say, I'm seeing a touch of arthritis with my two, and warm/dry has to beat damp/cold.

Bailey looks pretty spiffy:)
 

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I would think Golden's certainly don't need one, BUT if you don't want the pup soaking wet (at least on the outer fur) when you bring him back in the house, then a raincoat would be a great idea!
 

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My dogs do have raincoats, but really they are more for me than them. I bought them to cut down on the wet dog smell when it rained. They don't really mind wearing them. Here's a picture of Bailey wearing hers to keep the stitches on her back dry after her surgery.
Sorry to hijack the thread...I see Bailey with an e-collar, I presume to keep her from licking/chewing her stitches. When Maggie had a cyst removed from her back I slipped an old man's t-shirt on her (front legs through the arm holes). It worked great, no e-collar needed.
 

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This is how Erin goes potty in the rain !!!LOL
 

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I've always had raincoats for my dogs, but we only use them if we're going out in the rain for a significant amount of time, or if it's really pouring. Like others have said, it's more for me than them, but it helps to keep my house and furniture a bit dryer and less messy.
 

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Pet Edge has raincoats for a very reasonable price. I just got a big order from them last week, & this week they had free shipping if you spent so much. I did some holiday shopping for the pups. Shhhh
 

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My basset has worn a raincoat in the winter, but my goldens love the rain. Three hours or more is a lot of cold water though. Is your golden a chewer? Sully has chewed through her lease in the car to the training center--less than two miles. We can't even put collars on the other dogs because she drags them around. Send pictures if it works.
 

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I'm glad I came across this thread.Besides raincoats does anyone use wintercoats? I'm here in Massachussetts and we just had 2 noreasterns over the weekend and was wondering if Buddy should have one for the winter? His coat is still thin(his almost 1 year) and don't want him to get sick or anything....
 

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My dogs don't use rain coats, but they are only outside long enough to do their business if it is rainy and/or cold. I don't think it would be needed for a short trip, but if they are going to be out in cold rain, I think it is a good idea.

My horses do wear water proof winter blankets since they will stand out in the cold rain instead of going in the run-in shelter. I've been told I coddle them, but that is no surprise.:)
 

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I live at the beach on the stormy northwest coast. I've always used some form of rainwear for my dogs (or to be honest mostly for me.) I had a lab who loved water from the ground up, but hated rain! Couldn't keep her out of the river or ocean, but wouldn't step out of the house without me dragging her if it was misting.

For my goldens, though, it is definitely helpful to cover them in the windy downpours. We walk several miles a day, rain or shine, and they get soaked. The funniest, and saddest, picture I have is of my first golden who I used to use a large garbage bag with a head hole punched in it and then tied it around her middle. She was kind of embarrassed, but put up with it. I could not find any commercial raincoats for a dog her size! It was twenty some years ago.
 

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Thanks everyone... I don't mind the dampness in the house, etc. I was more worried about his comfort.
 

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never considered it -- but now I am.

on certain walks, DH will pick me & very wet dogs up .... they usually don't shake until in the car (or do a 2nd shake when loaded in). For these walks raincoats would be nice (and kinda fun). Maybe I'll try the garbage bag idea..........
 

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I don't want to hjack the thread either but if Bailey goes out with that e-collar on looking up at the sky it's going to fill with water and she is going to drown. But .... I don't think Chester would wear a raincoat...we have put t-shirts on him to be funny and he goes nuts trying to get them off.
 
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