The 10 Best Dog Raincoats

Updated February 21, 2018 by Gabrielle Taylor

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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. You never need to let inclement weather get in the way of spending quality time outdoors with your furry friend when you fit it with one of these handy doggie raincoats. Available in both traditional poncho styles and fully-insulated designs for especially cold conditions, they'll keep your pooch warm, dry, well-protected and always looking sharp. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best dog raincoat on Amazon.

10. RC Pet Products Poncho

With a variety of patterns, from butterflies to rubber duckies and everything in between, the RC Pet Products Poncho is sure to have something for everyone's personal style. It's great for long-haired breeds that don't get cold easily, but it can only be washed by hand.
  • lightweight material
  • comes with a carrying pouch
  • thin material is not very durable
Brand RC Pet Products
Model 58803268
Weight 0.6 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

9. SafetyPup XD

Complete your pooch's outdoor wardrobe with the handsome-looking SafetyPup XD. Its special waterproof treatment ensures that rain and other sources of moisture bead and roll off its exterior without getting into your pup's fur.
  • 300d oxford weave
  • puncture and rip-resistant
  • fleece lining is a bit thin
Brand SafetyPUP XD
Model pending
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Topsung TY-D30062-PKS

Style and sophistication describe the Topsung TY-D30062-PKS. Its transparent plastic material not only provides full coverage for your little pup on rainy days, but its bright pink piping will make her stand out from the crowd when walking down the street.
  • compact and easy to store
  • the snaps are a bit flimsy
  • fits a little snug around the chest
Brand Topsung
Model TY-D30062-PKS
Weight 4.2 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Push Pushi

Although it's a bit on the pricey side, the Push Pushi is certainly unique, thanks to its hood attachment that acts like an umbrella to shield your dog's head from a downpour. Its convenient snap buttons and magnets allow you to fold the hood down securely when not in use.
  • outer nylon shell
  • made in the usa
  • it's pretty bulky
Brand Push Pushi
Model pending
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. FrontPet Explorer

The FrontPet Explorer boasts a form-fitting sleeve construction that results in superior coverage and protection for your canine without causing it any discomfort or compromising its freedom of movement during exercise. Its handy side zipper makes it easy to remove, too.
  • thick padding with insulated layers
  • lightweight and durable
  • very affordable price
Brand FrontPet
Model pending
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Ethical Pet Slicker

The Ethical Pet Slicker is made of waterproof PVC with reflective stripes for visibility after dark and in inclement weather. It has a slit for your leash and comes in sizes XS through XXL, but note that some users find it runs smaller than the size chart suggests.
  • self-adjusting velcro strap
  • includes a hood for head protection
  • easy to wipe clean
Brand Ethical Pet
Model 560YMD
Weight 5.8 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. PetCee Jacket

With a fleece lining for warmth and a windproof polyester exterior, the PetCee Jacket will keep your furry friend comfy and dry. It's easy to put on and comes in four different colors, so you can choose the best hue to match your pooch's coat.
  • machine washable
  • velcro straps are easy to adjust
  • available in a wide variety of sizes
Brand PetCee
Model ncsd
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

3. Ruffwear Aira

The noninsulated design of the Ruffwear Aira makes it suitable for use in both warm and cold climates. Its sturdy leg loops deliver a secure fit for your pup in extremely windy conditions, while its full body coverage minimizes messy cleanups from wet mud and dirt.
  • large storm collar folds up easily
  • available in red and black
  • integrated leash attachment
Brand Ruffwear
Model 0580-025L1
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Hurta Torrent

The Hurta Torrent leverages water-resistant and breathable Houndtex laminated fabric to provide dependable outdoor protection from both harsh rain and winds, making it an ideal choice for those long and soft-haired dogs with a tendency to hold in excess moisture and odors.
  • dries very quickly
  • integrated 3m reflectors
  • easy to put on and to take off
Brand Hurtta
Model HU931867
Weight 15.8 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Ellie Dog Wear Yellow

For the style-conscious pet owner, the Ellie Dog Wear Yellow features silver buttons and an attractive striped interior. It's insulated to protect against the elements, and has drawstrings around the neck and waist for an adjustable fit.
  • compatible with harnesses
  • pockets for storing small items
  • hood is removable
Brand Ellie Dog Wear
Model ELD-r003
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

A Brief History Of Dog Clothing

The first time most people really thought about animal clothing was when they realized that Donald Duck was wearing a shirt, but not pants. However, dressing up our furry friends has been going on for a lot longer than Walt Disney would have you believe.

Dog attire started with the simple collar-and-leash combo that's still ubiquitous today. The Egyptians had a soft spot for dogs, using them both as hunting buddies and home protectors. They wore leather collars that were beautifully adorned and decorated, and I can only assume they also said, "If found, return to Tutankhamun."

The collar would be the extent of dog fashion until the 15th century. King Louis XI of France was so devoted to his favorite greyhound that he robed him in scarlet and decorated him with pearls and rubies, and the practice of dressing up dogs became commonplace among European nobility as a result.

In the 19th century, Princess Victoria of Britain started a fad when she decked her spaniel, Dash, out in a scarlet coat and blue trousers. Dog fashion became such big business that canine boutiques started cropping up all over Europe, presumably with names like "Yves St. Bernard" and "Donatella Grrrsace."

Many dogs of this era had entire wardrobes, with costume changes for meals and activities, as well as special garments for traveling.

Meanwhile, in America, dogs were largely viewed as outside pets, and their wardrobe was limited to functional collars and leashes until the 20th century. However, as dogs have started to be recognized as members of the family, they've moved indoors — and they're starting to dress like us, too. While many clothing options for canines still serve a dedicated purpose, Halloween costumes have recently become big business, because who doesn't like seeing a Labrador dressed up as Darth Vader?

In all seriousness, though, while dog clothing is cute, it's really not okay that Donald Duck is walking around pants-less.

How To Get Your Dog To Wear A Raincoat

You bought the absolute cutest raincoat, waited forever for a cloudy day...and now your pooch absolutely refuses to wear his new jacket.

Fortunately, there are ways to get even the most finicky dogs to tolerate wearing clothing. The best way to accomplish this is to start when they're still puppies, as they'll adapt to just about anything if they think it's natural. If you have an older dog, though, you can still persuade him to cover up before going outside.

The most important thing, of course, is to make sure it actually fits him. If it's too tight, it will be uncomfortable, and if it's too loose, it will make walking cumbersome. Take care that it doesn't press down on his neck — when mothers correct their puppies, they do so by putting pressure on the neck, so he'll think he did something wrong if his coat is constantly weighing him down.

You'll also need to go slow. Start by just showing your dog the jacket. Let him investigate it to his heart's content. Praise and reward him with treats as he sniffs around, so that he associates his new coat with positive feelings. Don't try to put it on him just yet.

Once he's convinced that the coat isn't a threat — or, better yet, once he's actually excited to see it — it's time to acclimate him to the feel of the thing. Rub it on him, being sure to praise and reward him as you do so.

After a few days of this, it's time for him to try it on. Again, reward and praise him as you put it on, then continue to do so once he's wearing it. Don't leave it on him for too long just yet — you need to build up to that by having him wear it a little longer each day. Once he doesn't seem to notice that he's wearing it, he'll be ready to show it off outside.

Of course, once he realizes that the neighbor's cute little Golden Retriever is checking him out, he may never want to take it off.

Tips For Walking Your Dog In The Rain

It's the true test of your mettle as a pet owner: there's a downpour outside, but your little buddy wants to go for a walk. Do you take him, or do you try to explain to him the concept of a rain check?

You already know the answer to that. Bad weather is no excuse for neglecting your dog, but walking in the rain doesn't have to be a nightmare — provided you know how to do it the right way.

Having the proper gear is key. You already know the importance of a raincoat, but booties can help keep his little feet warm and dry, while also helping to prevent him from tracking paw prints all over your carpet once he gets home. Grab an umbrella for the both of you, and you're good to go.

If your dog is one of those masochistic pups that really seems to love the rain, letting him splash around will do you both a world of good. It will tucker him out faster than exploring the streets would, and seeing him tromp around in mud puddles will remind you why you love him enough to be out in this weather in the first place.

However, if your dog seems to hate the water (or if you just really don't want to take him this time), you can plan ahead for rainy days with a porch potty and some vigorous indoor playtime. Try to tax his mind as much as his muscles, so brain games like hide-and-seek or the shell game will be just what the doctor ordered.

Then, give him his favorite treat. You owe him big for this.

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Last updated on February 21, 2018 by Gabrielle Taylor

Gabrielle is a writer and hopeful entrepreneur who hails from a tiny town in Virginia. Earlier in her career, she spent a few years in Southern California before moving back to the east coast (but she misses LA every day). An avid and enthusiastic home cook, she is somewhat of an expert at fending off attempted food thievery by her lazy boxer.

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