The approach of autumn means the weather is starting to turn. Especially in my area of the country — the Pacific Northwest — that means rain. While it takes a special kind of person to actually enjoy being out in those cold fall showers, dog owners don’t get much of a choice either way. Rain or not, the dog needs to be walked.
Unfortunately, that particular wet dog smell isn’t exactly the highlight of dog ownership. It’s an unpleasant side effect, to be sure. While you could blow dry or towel off your pup each time you take them for a walk on a rainy day, there are, of course, alternatives.
You could, for example, bring an umbrella large enough to cover the two of you. But this is imperfect, especially when your dog needs space to do their business. Just because your shoes might already be wet doesn’t mean you want your dog peeing on them just so you can shelter them from the rain. This is also pretty inconvenient for diehard runners who bring their dogs on the morning route.
The best solution for rainy dog walks is a dog raincoat. These, much like their summertime counterparts life jackets, are form-fitting, purpose-built coats that keep the water off of pupper’s fur. For dogs like my own that hate getting wet, once they’ve adjusted to the raincoat and realize that it keeps them dry, it makes the whole transaction much easier. If it’s going to rain for months on end, a dog raincoat is a relatively cheap investment for keeping everyone happy.
If your dog does wind up getting wet on the walk, that could be a good time to get a bath in. We also have a list of the top 15 best dog shampoo brands if you’re looking for something to help your dog smell extra nice.
If you’re sick of wet dog smell but you still want to get walks in during the rainy season, consider our list of the top ten best dog raincoats.
1. Ruffwear Aira Rain Jacket
Ruffwear makes tough and practical dog apparel including this Aria rain jacket, which was developed by the company based on feedback from their customers in the rainy U.K. Available in six sizes, this will provide good coverage to just about any dog. The mesh lining makes it comfortable and breathable. There’s an oversized collar to protect the dog’s head which can be optionally deployed. On the back, there’s a flap that connects to a harness, like their Front Range model we discussed here. For colors, you can choose between Red Rock and Twilight Gray.
Need more options? Browse more Ruffwear products here.
2. Hurtta Pet Collection Torrent Coat for Dogs
The key advantage of this raincoat is the availability of a wider range of tailored sizes. Depending on the color you choose — of which you have options for Cherry, Orange, and Raven — you can get a raincoat sized for a dog with a girth between eight and 35 inches with 13 options in between. If you’ve tried other jackets and the fit wasn’t quite right, this might be the option for you. Otherwise, it’s a full coverage raincoat with 3M reflectors built into the design. The also have a slightly cheaper model that isn’t quite as extreme.
Need more options? Browse more Hurtta Pet products here.
3. Ondoing Dog Raincoat
If you want something thinner yet warmer, consider this inexpensive option. Lined with fleece, this raincoat will keep your dog warm during the rainy walk as much as it keeps them dry. It features similar reflective treatments to the one above for improved safety. The sizing on this one is a little more limited and aimed at medium to large dogs, for the most part. Colors include blue, orange, pink, purple, and yellow. Possibly a good first raincoat to see how your dog likes wearing one, since the price is relatively low.
Need more options? Browse more Ondoing products here.
Price: $17.99 (55 percent off MSRP)
4. RC Pet Products Packable Dog Rain Poncho
The appeal of this ultra-cheap option is two-fold. First, it comes in adorable patterns to liven up the gray days. In addition to this rubber duckie version, there’s a nautical theme, paw prints, and lively solid colors, too. The more practical benefit is that these taffeta-shelled jackets fold up into convenient carrying pouches so you can throw them in a bag or in the car so you’re covered in the event of a surprise rainstorm. The coverage and performance isn’t the same as the higher-priced models, but they’re cute and convenient and should get the job done for most rainy conditions.
Need more options? Browse more RC Pet Products here.
5. Guardian Gear Pet Rain Pet Jacket
This jacket is a little more akin to those standard vinyl human raincoats we’re all familiar with. The extra bright color is great for visibility, and you can also get a yellow version. The leg straps are elastic ensuring that it will resize to most dogs and stay put during the walk. There’s also a hood for better head protection, which is great for long-haired dogs.
Need more options? Browse more Guardian products here.
6. Thundershirt Outerwear Raincoat
You may already be familiar with Thundershirt from their eponymous line of dog anxiety jackets, which we featured in our dog anxiety products post. This raincoat is their water-repellent version of the jacket, which includes a Velcro stomach wrap, a hood, and a leash slot. Because Thundershirts are measured fairly precisely, you’ll want to watch this video to help you decide what size to buy for your dog. If you already trust this brand, this could be a great option.
Need more options? Browse more Thundershirt products here.
7. Puppia Authentic Windbreaker Pet Raincoat
This fashionable dog raincoat is similar to Columbia raincoats for humans, featuring a nylon and polyester construction. This means that it’s thin and comfortable while being very effective at repelling rain. The hood on this model features an adjustable string, much like the human version, so you can cinch it around your dog’s noggin. Colors include this orange shade, hot pink, and royal blue. Sizes range from small to xx-large, but one thing to keep in mind with this line of jackets is that they were designed for small to medium dogs, so you might want to look elsewhere if your dog is a larger breed. They suggest going up a size, but take measurements and compare.
Need more options? Browse more Puppia products here.
8. Jelly Wellies Premium Quality Waterproof Reflective Deluxe Raincoat with Polar Fleece Lining for Dogs
This simple raincoat is PVC coated for superior rain protection. Arm holes allow your dog freedom of movement while still providing a full underbody worth of coverage, rather than just covering the top and sides like some other models. This one is also lined with polar fleece to ensure your dog is warm and comfortable. Choose between six bright colors — blue, green, pink, purple, red, and yellow — in sizes from x-small to large. The shipping on these tends to run long, so plan ahead if you want to buy this particular model.
Need more options? Browse more Jelly Wellies products here.
Buy the Jelly Wellies Premium Quality Waterproof Reflective Deluxe Raincoat with Polar Fleece Lining for Dogs here.
9. Freerun Pet Raincoat Reflective Rain Jacket
If full coverage, including the legs, is absolutely necessary, you might need to look into a slightly more involved raincoat. Available in red, green and yellow, these track jacket style dog raincoats cover more of your dog than the others on this list, extending down to just about where their paws begin. This is great for dogs who hate to get wet. Freedom of movement is slightly hindered with these, since the legs are involved, but for casual walks or bathroom breaks, there should be no problem at all. Sizes range from extra small to extra-extra large.
Need more options? Browse more Freerun products here.
10. Fab Dog Cherry Pocket Travel Dog Raincoat
This is another fashionable option in the adventure dog arena. The hood is adjustable, which is handy for dogs like mine who have enormous domes. This one also folds up into a convenient carrying case, which makes travel and storage easy. Sizes range from extra small to extra-extra large. The wide variety of colors include blue, green, hot pink, navy, orange, pink, red, and yellow. Plenty of options to suit your rain-going pup.
Need more options? Browse more Fab Dog products here.