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Old 07-07-2013, 12:44 AM
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Does anyone have a cooling coat for their dog? I was thinking of getting one for Journey because she's constantly hot and panting, and she also has two summer shows that are bound to probably be quite hot. But do they actually work? I've been looking online and I don't even know what the best kind is to buy. I found one company that is over $100 for a coat her size, and another company is selling what looks like almost the same product (just no chest/belly part) for like $30. That seems like such a drastic difference. Both coats look like they're made of some kind of chamois material.

Also, perhaps a stupid question, but if I put one on her at a show, would it be moist enough to make her coat wave? I have to put a lot of effort into blow drying it and getting it to stay straight so I wouldn't want it to ruin all of that. Her coat isn't that curly, but it does look better straight than wavy.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:21 AM
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Dekka has one. If you have a dog without a lot of coat I think the ones that are breathable make a huge difference. If your dog has a fair bit of coat then I don't think it matters.

Dekka has ruffwear's swamp cooler. It breathes and evaporates nicely (that is what provides the cooling effect) It holds a fair bit of water so it doesn't evaporate too quickly. I like it much better than the ones that are essentially wet shammies or towels.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:06 AM
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If you are worried about the moisture messing with her coat, maybe try the Saratoga Horseworks cooling coats:
http://www.horseworks.com/inc/sdetail/157/181

Both of my dogs have one, and even used dry, they seem to help. I think the main benefit is the white color on my dark dogs. When it is sunny, both of my dogs will be hot to the touch on their backs; with this coat on, they will be noticeably cool if I put my hand under it. I do usually wet them (and leave them in the cooler while my dogs are crated in front of their fans), but even used dry I think they would help on a dark dog. They also don't hold so much water, so they may be less bad-hair-day-inducing than some of the heavier ones if you did try it wet.

I also have one of the Hurtta coats:
http://www.hurttacollection.com/en/m.../cooling-coat/
It was 50% off, so I couldn't afford not to buy it. I haven't actually had to use it yet, since our summer so far has been pretty much just wet.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:38 AM
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If you are worried about the moisture messing with her coat, maybe try the Saratoga Horseworks cooling coats:
http://www.horseworks.com/inc/sdetail/157/181

Both of my dogs have one, and even used dry, they seem to help. I think the main benefit is the white color on my dark dogs. When it is sunny, both of my dogs will be hot to the touch on their backs; with this coat on, they will be noticeably cool if I put my hand under it. I do usually wet them (and leave them in the cooler while my dogs are crated in front of their fans), but even used dry I think they would help on a dark dog. They also don't hold so much water, so they may be less bad-hair-day-inducing than some of the heavier ones if you did try it wet.
^all of this (I also have Saratoga)
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:40 AM
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Didn't like my Saratoga very much, I like my Ruffwear Swamp Cooler.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:20 PM
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I have chamois cooling coats and they work great for the dobes, but I'm not sure how well they would work on a coated dog. I only ever seem to see short single-coated dogs (like boxers and dobes) wearing the style I have.
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The ferrets will have you know, we bought a (way too expensive) AC unit for them.

Our last one was bought for specifically for Rosey, but it was far too old to use this year.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:03 PM
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I have a hurtta cooling coat that I love. It keeps the dogs nice and cool after their shows.

The chest/belly piece is one of the most important in my opinion. Easier to cool a dog by keeping their belly cool.
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I have a hurtta cooling coat that I love. It keeps the dogs nice and cool after their shows.

The chest/belly piece is one of the most important in my opinion. Easier to cool a dog by keeping their belly cool.
Do you just spray it down and use it? Like I said, I haven't had a chance to use my Hurtta yet; it just rides around in my car with us. Do you get it really "drippy", or just wet and wring it out?
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