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7 Best Dog Coats & Sweaters for Pit Bulls

7 Best Dog Coats & Sweaters for Pit Bulls

Pit bulls aren’t suited for the cold weather which is why they benefit from sweaters and jackets for dogs. There are 3 main reasons why Pit bulls aren’t suited for cold weather.

 

  • They have short fur coats
  • They lack an undercoat
  • They have little to no body fat

 

For dog owners who live in colder climates should think twice about owning a Pit bull. Now that the seasons are starting to change you should start thinking about a dog sweater for the fall and a winter jacket for your Pit bull.

 

There are some difficulties with finding the perfect jacket for your pit since they have stocky muscular builds. The chest on a Pit bull is larger than the average sized dog in that weight class. Since they are also an active breed, they need a durable outdoor sweater and jacket for their playful nature.

 

Why Does My Dog Need A Jacket or A sweater?

 

Specifically, Pit bulls are on the top of the list of dogs who need a jacket & sweater. These dogs weren’t bred for cold climates and are more prone to frostbite and hypothermia because of that.

 

While we view jackets and dog sweaters as a cute and fashionable accessory they are needed for specific breeds like the Pit bulls, Chihuahuas, & Toy Poodles.

 

Dog with short legs like Basset Hounds can also benefit from coats since their bellies can come in contact with snow according to Dr. Kelly Ballantyne a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and leader of Insight Animal Behavior Services.

 

If you are interested in a few breeds that don’t require a jacket the Keeshond, Newfoundland, Alaskan Malamute, and Saint Bernard have thick coats which are meant for the cold weather.

 

While these dogs love the cold, they shouldn’t be left outside during blizzards or during harsh weather. Here are some winter weather tips for pets when taking them outside.

 

The cold isn’t the only reason a jacket should be used. When it is raining having a raincoat for your Pit bull will keep them dry which saves you the effort of cleaning up after they walk into the house.

 

Now that you figured out how important it is for your Pit bull to have a dog coat and sweater the next step taking their measurements.

 

How To Measure Your Pit bull For A Jacket & Sweater?

Since all different manufacturers have different sizing charts the most efficient way to get the correct sizing is to measure your dog. This will prevent any accidents in ordering the wrong sized jacket or sweater for your pup.

 

The most important measurement for your Pit bull is the chest area. Since their chests are larger than most other breeds you need to measure this area correctly. The largest section of your Pit bulls chest should be right behind their front legs at the base of their shoulder blades. Use a measuring tape and wrap it comfortably around your dog’s chest.

 

The neck area is the second most important measurement Pit bulls are known to have large necks which makes it hard to find the perfect fit your dog. Start at the base of their neck and while using the measuring tape wrap around the neck in front of their front legs.  

 

Lastly you will need to get their back measurement which is the length of the base of the neck to the base of the tail. Once that is done write down all the measurements for future use. Since your dog’s weight may fluctuate between seasons make sure to add and extra half an inch for the neck and chest measurements if ordering during the off season.

 

If you are still unsure how to measure your dog here is a quick guide showing how to take measurements.

 

Now it’s time for the fun part which is choosing the right style!

 

What Style Dog Jackets & Sweaters Are Out There?

 

There are a bunch of different styles to choose from and we have over 25 different style jackets for large dogs so picking the right one is up to your personal preference.

 

While we do have a nice selection of dog jackets for large dogs the full body dog coats and the ones that are labeled with Blackshark technology are the best ones available for Pit bulls.

 

Since these are more rugged, they will be a perfect match for the adventurous Pit bull. We are also missing one last factor for the perfect Pit bull coat, the price.

 

What’s Your Budget?

 

This while it isn’t the most important factor for your dog, it’s the most important for you. Our jackets range from $25 - $75 depending on the materials used.

 

If we are outside your budget that’s ok, we have deals on dog apparel and dog jackets right now that can save you 20%.

 

Now that you come this far let’s look at our best dog jackets for your Pit bull.

 

7 Best Coats & Sweater For Pit bulls

 

The Touchdog Tartan Plaided Dog Jacket & Mat will fit your Pit bull since the average size chest of one is between 27-32 inches.

 

It features a wool treated exo-shell and Velcro straps for the belly and chest are for quick removal and adjustments. This being a more opened style jacket you don’t have worry too much about the exact dimensions which makes this a more forgiving jacket.

 

What makes this jacket special is that it comes with a dog mat that matches the coat. This will keep your pit warm during the fall.

 

Perfect For My Pit

This jacket has great style and its perfect for the upcoming fall season. It is a unique jacket that comes with a matching dog mat as well. It’s easy to put on and take off making it easier to put on your Pit bull  

 

Not For My Pit

If want a jacket for the winter this isn’t for you. This jacket is mainly for the fall season and lacks waterproofing which is bad for the rain and snow. If you also don’t want a dog mat with your dog coat there are cheaper alternatives on our list.

 

     

When it comes to performance the Dog Helios Hurricane Dog Jacket is the best choice. It is a full body jacket made to withstand hurricane like conditions.

 

The individual Velcro straps for each leg are completely adjustable with drawstrings for the waist area for the perfect fit. It also comes with a dual zippered leash slit at the neck which is waterproof to keep your Pit bulls neck dry.

 

This jacket is also light weight and has reflective tubing and taping for increased visibility at night.

 

Perfect For My Pit

If you are sporty and outdoorsy this jacket is for you. This jacket can keep up in the rain and slow with the addition of it being windproof. This jacket is suited for the dog with an active lifestyle that isn’t afraid to get down and dirty.

 

Not For My Pit

This jacket is meant to be a well-rounded jacket offering protection from all the elements. While this jacket can protect your dog in most scenarios, it isn’t a raincoat. If you are looking for a raincoat rather than something to keep your dog warm the coat on our list is for you.

 

Finding a raincoat for your Pit bull is something that should offer the most protection from the rain and the Dog Helios Torrential Shield Raincoat does just that.

 

This jacket is 100% waterproof and with its ultra-lightweight materials conform to the body without your dog feeling restricted.

 

This jacket also comes with elastic banding around the jacket for a more customized fit which is perfect for a Pit bull.

 

The best part about this jacket is that it comes with a hood. That even dogs that don’t like getting wet can enjoy the rain.  

 

Perfect For My Pit

If you were looking for a raincoat for your Pit bull, you can stop looking. This jacket is perfect for the dog that doesn’t want to get wet in the rain. It also features reflective taping which makes your dog visible even during torrential downpours.  

 

Not For My Pit

This jacket is mean to keep the rain out its not meant to keep your dog warm. This is a lightweight raincoat that is meant to do one thing keep your dog dry. If you are looking for a jacket for the winter or a snow jacket for your Pit bull the next one on our list is for you.

 

The Dog Helios Thunder Crackle Dog Jacket is the best choice for keeping your Pit bull warm. With its plush design and it being a fully body dog jacket it will keep your pit warm all winter is easy.

 

This jacket was made for snow protection and heat retention. It has adjustable drawstrings for the legs to keep out the snow and wind. The Blackshark technology also removes excess heat preventing your dog from overheating.

 

Most of our jackets in this size category aren’t plush protected since larger dogs don’t usually need this feature. However, we kept the Pit bull in mind when designing this jacket to keep them warm all winter long.

 

Perfect For My Pit

Older dogs and ones that don’t have an undercoat can benefit the most from this jacket. Don’t let the cold stop your dog from playing in the snow. If you want to keep your Pit bull happy and warm during the winter this jacket it for them.

 

Not For My Pit

This is a full body dog jacket which will have some slight movement restrictions. This is understandable since it is a plush jacket. If you are planning to run with your dog in the snow you are looking for a jacket that is less restricting. Our next jacket is perfect for them if running during the winter is needed.

 

The Dog Helios Octane Dog Jacket is perfect for keeping your dog’s body temperature stable while giving them the freedom to run with no restrictions.

 

It features the same Blackshark technology that will keep you dog warm during the winter as our premium jackets at a reduced cost.

 

Since we used less material for this dog jacket it costs less than the others using the same materials. It is windproof, waterproof coated, and tear resistant even for the playful Pit bull.

 

If your dog wants to play in the snow this is a great jacket for them. This jacket is meant to keep your dog’s core body temperature steady while not restricting their movements.  

 

Perfect For My Pit

Keeping the mobility while staying warm was the reason we made this jacket. While most don’t take their dogs to a park on snow days you can without worry. This jacket can keep up with hyperactive dogs and its durability is meant to last.

 

Not For My Pit

If you’re looking for something more fashionable a dog sweater might be the better option. While dog jackets are great for the rain and snow, dog sweaters are more useful during chilly days and nights.

 

The Touchdog Hampton Beach Sweater is our best dog hoodie available. Its trendy comes in a variety of colors and is sand blast treated for an even softer feel.

 

Protection from the wind is needed for a dog sweater so we elongated the sleeves and featured a ribbed turtleneck inside for additional wind protection.

 

This sweater also features a bridge pocket and a leash slit by the neck. The best part is that this sweater is machine washable making it easier to clean.

 

This jacket is meant to keep your dog’s warm and fashionable with quality materials.

 

Perfect For My Pit

This sweater is meant for you if fashion and warmth are on your mind. If you are looking for a sweater to keep your dog warm, we can’t think of a better one.

 

Not For My Pit

While this sweater does feature a hood, it shouldn’t be use in the rain and snow otherwise there isn’t anything negatives about this sweater.

The Touchdog Quilt Hooded Sweater is the perfect snuggle companion for your Pit bull. Since it is a full body sweater it also acts as a pair of dog pajamas.

 

This is one of our softest dog sweaters being made of a quilted cotton and polyester blend. For the extra cuteness factor, we added a little pompom on the hood.

 

This is the best sweater for indoor and outdoor use. You won’t want to take their sweater off but when you do its machine washable.

 

Perfect For My Pit

This sweater is great for its style and to keep your Pit bull cozy during the fall and winter. There is an added leash slit so you won’t have to take off their sweater to go for a walk.

 

Not For My Pit

Like all our other sweaters these aren’t to be used in the rain. Also, while you can walk outside with this sweater it isn’t as durable for outside use as the one previously mentioned one.
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5 Best Dog Harnesses for Every Sort of Dog

5 Best Dog Harnesses for Every Sort of Dog

The most often used dog accessory behind a leash and a collar is a dog harness. While the most common way to walk your dog is with a collar it simply isn’t strong or comfortable for your dog. For most situations a dog harness is better suited for your dog than your average dog collar.

 

Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers are known to tug and pull their owners while they are walking. Collars can and will put serious strain on their neck which can lead to choking and potentially damaging your dog’s neck.

 

Harnesses alleviate the major flaws and concerns regarding the safety of your pet. While teaching your pet how not to pull on their leash is a separate concern, using a harness while teaching is a safer alternative.

 

Our Top Quick Picks

The Dog Helios Journey Wander Dog Harness & Leash Combination comes with everything you need for a great harness. It simple, easy to put on, and you’ll know which way to put it on every time. Since it is a combination it comes with a reflective stitched leash with a titanium swivel hook connector.

The Dog Helios Bark-Mudder Dog Harness & Leash is the best harness we have to offer. If you are looking for comfort, we ditched the straps and replaced it with Velcro. This ensures a snug fit while reducing irritation that can be cause from traditional harnesses.

 

Safety Concerns with Collars

Safety is our main concern and while collars are usually cheaper, they come with serious risks. Here are 5 ways collars can harm your dog

Strangulation: Dogs can snag their collars while jumping over a fence or even a window latch. Anything that can potentially grab their collars is a hazard. If something similar happened while your dog was wearing a harness the potential for choking is severely reduced.

Limb & Mouth Injuries: Apart from the strangulation issue a loose collar can grab on to their feet or mouth. In both circumstances your dog can dislocate or even break their foot and jaw. Dogs are also known to get their teeth stuck in collars when they are too loose which can also cause missing teeth.

Skin Problems: The constant rubbing of the collar on their neck can cause irritation and skin conditions when they are too tight. This rubbing can also cause hair loss on the neck like along with even cutting into your dog’s neck. This can also cause infection if the collar is on for long periods of time.

Neck Damage: The neck is a very sensitive area and repeated strain on it can lead to damaging the thyroid glands and tissues in the surrounding area. Damaging the wind and food pipe while aren’t common but are a possibility so why take the risk.

 

How to Choose the Right Size Harness?

While we list our sizes in inches on our website there are a lot of variations in sizes between manufacturers. A simple example is that our large size might be a medium elsewhere and vice versa. There are 3 simple measurement that you need to find the exact fit for your dog.

While we offer free returns, measuring your dog will save us and you the time of having to ship your brand-new harness back.

To assure the best fit for your dog you will need 3 measurements the lengths of the base of neck to the base of the tail, this is known as the “back”. The other measurements you need are the chest size and the neck size.

When measuring your dog’s chest find the largest area of their chest and wrap the measuring tape behind their legs. This is the most accurate way to check their chest size.

When you are ready to measure your dogs, neck find the largest part which is at the base of the neck and wrap the measuring tape in front of their legs for an accurate measurement.

If you are still unsure how to measure your dog here is a quick step by step guide.

 

What Breeds Benefit Need Dog Harness?

While you may not think that your dog will benefit from a harness, most dogs will. Granted that if you own a smaller dog the benefits of owning a harness is less than an owner of a Pit Bull. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any additional benefits to owning a harness there are just some breeds that will benefit more from having a harness.

Collie: Collies are a large and popular breed of dog with their large coats finding a collar that fits them properly is a challenge. Since they have so much hair owning a harness is a great alternative since it will relieve the pressure along their neck. Also, when it is hot outside a collar is restricting which can cause your dog to overheat if they can’t pant properly.

Mastiff: These are large powerful dogs that we feel needs a harness. These dogs have very large necks which is hard to find an appropriately sized collar. Another issue is that their necks tend to droop having that extra skin rubbing on a collar isn’t a good idea.

Great Dane: These dogs have slender necks and a larger ribcage. With all that power behind a Great Dane their necks aren’t the best place to secure your dog. Since they have slender necks in comparison to their bodies purchasing a smaller than need sized collar can occur.

Bernese: The Bernese is in the same boat with Collies. They are a large energetic breed with a large coat which can be difficult to find a correct sized leash. The dogs like to play so try to get a durable dog harness for this one.

Pit Bull: As we mentioned before these dog love to pull and putting that extra strain on their neck can severely damage their neck and surrounding tissue. We also would advise if you have a pit bull who tugs on its leash see out a dog trainer. This will make your time walking with your fuzzy buddy more enjoyable.

Labrador Retriever: Labradors are large and powerful dogs that were bred to retrieve. It goes against their natural instincts being tied down to a leash and are known to pull their owners from time to time. While labs can be trained easily not to pull its safer to go with a dog harness instead.

Rottweiler: Rottweilers can easily use a harness these giant dogs are known to pull at any given moment. If you have a collar gaining control over a Rottweiler is difficult whereas a harness will cause you less issues in the long run.

 

5 Best Dog Harnesses For Every Sort Of Dog

The Dog Helios Freestyle 3-in-1 Harness comes with a leash and has detachable backpack for long hikes.

It is a double compression harness that you can eject the backpack at anytime when not needed. Plus, the backpack has a waterproof shell and zippers to keep everything inside dry.

The Pet Life Dumbone Dog Harness Backpack is part of the animated harness collection and it is a cute take on the traditional dog harness.

It features dual zippered usable back pockets which can store food, water, and dog bowls inside easily. This harness has a soft to the touch micro-mesh and comes in multiple style choices.

The Petkit Air Quad Cushioned Dog Harness is meant for large sized dogs.

It features large clips that a will hold even large dogs with seat belt like straps for a guaranteed hold. Clipping a leash to the front of the harness is done for an almost guaranteed no pull. It also features a safety pull handlebar at the top for proper training.

The Touchdog Tough-Boutique Harness & Leash is the most trendy harness on our list.

It is available in a multitude of designs and colors for the perfect look. With its polar fleece lining you can expect your dog to be warm which it gently hugs the body. With its unique look and embroidered stamp of protection you can’t go wrong with this harness.

The Dog Helios Tripod Superior Leash & Harness was made for its simplicity and comfort.

The design was made for a more evenly controlled and disturbed degree of pressure on the chest and bell area. This design also offers more free-range of motion than traditional harnesses. There is also an emergency hand at the top for quick rescues if need be.

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15 Best Indestructible Dog Toys For Power Chewers

15 Best Indestructible Dog Toys For Power Chewers

 

If you have a power chewer on your hands replacing their dog toys is a frequent occurrence. Chances are you keep purchasing cheap toys knowing that you will need to replace them quickly. However, your dog should have some indestructible dog toys in their life.

 

Pit Bulls, Labs, and Rottweilers just to name a few are breeds known for being aggressive chewers. Finding a mess of plush stuffing or pieces if plastic on the floor is a hazard for your pets. If your dog swallows these indigestible pieces, it can lead to severe medical problems in the future.

 

While no dog toy is completely indestructible, we will show you the best dog toys for tough chewers.

 

Our Top Quick Picks 

The Pet Life Animal Durachew Dog Toy is our favorite plush and squeak dog toy. This was built for extreme chewers in mind by having reinforced stitching and heavy grade nylon and polyester fibers. The best part about it is its water resistance and how easy it is to clean.

 

The Pet Qwerks Antler Peanut Butter Flavor is a safe natural dog toy that can last weeks or months. Antlers are known for their toughness and dogs go crazy for peanut butter. While antlers are great toys be sure to supervise your dog when using these as they are extremely tough.

 

The Kong Cruncheez Flyer Dog Toy is one of our favorites. Everyone knows that Kong sells some of the most durable toys on the market and the Cruncheez flyer is no different. This frisbee crackles and crunches during play to satisfy your super chewer.

 

The Pet Life Soccer Themed 9 Piece Dog Toy Set is a great alternative for destructive chewers. Since there are 9 toys that come in this gift set you can rotate which toys are used increasing the toys lifespan.

 

Which Type of Chew Toys Are Best For Heavy Chewers 

Choosing the right type of chew toy for your dog isn’t an easy task since there are a lot of options on the market. Some toys are meant for your dog to enjoy alone and others are meant for you to play with them. We will talk about the pros and cons of the different toys we have available.

 

Indestructible Toy Dog Balls

When it comes to ball shaped chew toys they can be enjoyed alone or used in a group. These are a lot safer than tennis balls which aggressive chewers will tear through in minutes if not seconds.

The best indestructible dog balls are the ones that are made to solid rubber. There are cloth alternatives that have similar durability but those are few and far between.

These toys are great for playing fetch and since they are plastic most will float in a pool. However, if you are looking to play tugging games with your dog these aren’t made for that.

There are a few plastic toy balls that can keep your pup entertained for hours. The Pet Life Foobler Ball Feeder for instance will dispense a full days’ worth of dog food throughout the day.

 

Nothing Wrong With The Classics

The bone shaped dog toy has been around for ages and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. These are great for dogs who gnaw and place their paws on their toys while doing so.

These are meant to be solo toys for your dog to enjoy. Taking a drool filled rubber bone toy and trying to play with it isn’t the best way to play with your dog.

Plus, if you are thinking of playing fetch with these, they are heavy. We don’t recommend throwing these around as you can seriously injure someone.

The bones shaped dog dog is one of the most popular designs for a good reason since they are built with durability in mind pet owners have trusted them for years and will continue to do so for years to come.

 

Tug and Pull Dog Toys

These types of dog toys are my personal favorite since you get to play tugging games with your pet. These are meant to be pulled on by multiple dogs or a dog and their owner.

Knowing these dog toys will be pulled on, strong materials like jute, plastic, and a combination of both are commonly used. These toys also come with reinforced handles for the most part giving it extra strength for the strongest pullers.

What’s great about their design is that they can be light weight which can be used to play fetch. We don’t advise throwing these into water as jute toys will retain the water.

A DIY hack for these toys is to attach it to a tree. My arm gets tired after 15 min of playing tug-of-war with my Pit Bull, so I just place the loop on a strong branch, and she tugs at it for hours.

 

Plush Dog Toys

While these aren’t known for their durability manufactures have been stepping up their game by producing high quality and durable pet toys.  

These are now coming with double stitches reinforced edges with heavy grade fibers for even the most aggressive chewers.

The best part about these toys are the fact that they can come in various shapes and designs. They have some of the best designs the mesh materials have more freedom than hard plastic ones.

Since the materials are more flexible, they can fit into every category they can look like a bone, ball, and can be a pull toy for dogs. Taking a second look at some chew proof plush dog toys is worth the second glance.

 

How To Choose The Right Sized Dog Toys

We wrote an in-depth article on are my dog toys too small or too big and it goes over how to choose the right size toy for your pup.

We will give a little recap of that article here.

  • If you own a puppy buy a larger toy than you think (they will grow into it).
  • If you can’t bend a rubber toy with your hands, it’s too hard (unless you have an XL dog)
  • Rope and pull toys are one size fits all (the safest choice when concerned about size)
  • Use your best judgement if it looks too big or too small chances are it is.

 

Best Indestructible Dog Toys Brands

Kong: First on the list is Kong while we believe in our products and durability, we need to give credit where its due. Kong is known to have some of the best durable dog toys on the market which is why we carry their product.

Nylabone: Specializes in dog chews offering hundreds if not thousands of quality products. We believe in their product which is why we list over 100+ different Nylabone chews. Nylabone has some of the best toys for solo use, but they can use a boost in their tug and play department.

Pet Life: While it may sound like we are tooting our own horn we believe in the quality and durability of our products. We also offer a larger selection of rubber, jute, and mesh toys than the others on the list. We also offer a larger selection of different styles of dog toys that are cheaper than the competition.

 

Which Common Breeds Need Strong Dog Toys?

Australian Shepherd: These types of dogs were bred to spend all day herding sheep since they have endless amounts of energy if you aren’t giving them enough exercise, they might decide to start chewing on furniture and end tables. These dogs need durable dog toys along with increased exercise.

 

Basset Hound: While these dogs don’t look like tough chewers, they tend to get separation anxiety and will chew on anything in site. If you own one look into some durable interactive dog toys to save your couch from being torn.

 

Beagle: Beagles are a high energy dog and they love to eat! Puzzle toys or flavored chew toys are their favorite. The peanut butter antler we mentioned in our quick picks is one of the best chew toys for beagles, but you should go down one size from the one listed.

 

Border Collie: Another herding dog on our list they need both physical and mental stimulation. Having puzzle toys and toys you can throw are essential. While they aren’t necessarily know to chew throwing a toy thousands of times requires a higher durability.

 

Boxer: Boxers have incredible energy with strong jaws. While not breaking any records for the strongest bite they are known to rip and destroy dog toys. They constantly like to play so having a strong dog toy is a must.

 

Bulldog: Most of the dogs on the list require strong dog toys because of separation anxiety since it makes them more prone to chewing. Having a tough dog toy for them to chew on will keep the slobber off your decorative pillows

 

Chihuahua: Seeing a Chihuahua on this list might seem like a joke but most tend to underestimate how much exercise they need. Frayed dog toys are their favorite so pick up a strong frayed rope toy to keep them off your shoelaces.

 

Dalmatian: These are large dogs that need dog toys that will last. They are high energy dogs that love to fetch so a durable ball toy is best. They also love wood sticks, but for a safer alternative an elk antler can be used.

 

Doberman Pinscher: Dobermans are in the top 20 of the strongest dog bites. These dogs require hard rubber dog toys. If you own a Doberman avoid basketballs and beach balls since they will most likely pop them.

 

German Shepherd: Like the Doberman is also on the list of top 20 strongest dog bites. Since they are high energy dogs, they need a dog toy that can keep up. We recommend hard rubber toys and strong natural chews for German shepherds.

 

Golden Retriever: These were originally bred to retrieve birds that were shot by hunters. Because of that they love toy balls! They are endless balls of energy, so we recommend getting a backup toy just in case he chews through his favorite.

 

Great Dane: These are large dogs and because of their size they need to have a strong dog toy. Pull toys and plush dog toys are the best companions for this breed. Since these are less likely to be swallowed it is the best option for these very large dogs.

 

Jack Russell Terrier: For a small dog they have an incredible amount of energy. The best toys for this breed are puzzle toys. Jack Russell Terriers are known for their smarts so to keep them from being bored an interactive puzzle toy will keep them busy for hours.

 

Pit Bull: While we mentioned Pit Bulls earlier, they are known to have strong jaws so hard rubber toys are a must. Some Pit Bulls like to tug but that isn’t as common. Most Pit Bull owners know that they need to get strong dog toys for their dog.

 

Rottweiler: This breed is also known to have one of the strongest jaws of all dogs. They will chomp through most toys without issues. Hard dog toys are must when looking for a good dog toy for Rottweilers. However, breaking it up every now and then with a durable plush toy can be beneficial for your dog.

 

Why Cheap Quality Toys Are Bad

There is a plethora of cheap toys on the market, but you can easily pick out a cheap quality toy vs a high quality one. So why would anyone choose the cheap quality one.

The answer is simple owning a dog is expensive.

Between food and medical care for your dog fitting in an expensive dog toy just might not be in your budget. This is especially true if your dog is a power chewer.

While this is a common way to think but buying a cheap chew toy can put your dog at risk. Paying thousands of dollars in medical bills because your dog swallowed a large piece of plastic isn’t ideal. Start by buying a single toy that is known of its durability and if you are on a budget you can make some DIY dog toys.

 

DIY Dog Toys

We felt the need that if you don’t have the money to spend you can make some amazing dog toys without spending a dime. Here are 3 easy DIY dog toys you can make at home.

Towel Tug Toy: If you have an old towel that you are ready to throw away turn it into a dog toy. You can cut the towel into three separate pieces and knot the ends and you will have 3 new toys for your dog.

Old Sock Toy: If you have an old tube sock lying around place a used water bottle inside of it and boom you have a new toy. We advise taking the cap and seal off the bottle to prevent a choking hazard.

Interactive Dog Feeder: If you find your self a handy person you can drill holes into a piece of PVC pipe and cap off the ends. Fill one of the ends with their favorite treats and food and watch them play.

 

15 Best Indestructible Dog Toys For Aggressive Chewers

 

We haven’t yet found a dog toy that is 100% indestructible but these are as close as it gets.

 

The Pet Life Animal Dura Chew is one of the only durable squeak toys on the market that can withstand strong chewers.

It features a Nylon and Polyester fibers with reinforces stitching for added durability. Plus, it’s one of the few dog toys on the market that has a squeaker for power chewers.

The best part of this plush dog toy is that it is water resistant which makes it super easy to clean and comes in different colors and different animal shapes.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a durable plush toy that has a squeaker and that can withstand aggressive chewers you hit the jackpot. If you are interested in a cute and adorable toy for your fur baby that is built to last this is for you.

This Is Not for Me

If you are looking for a dog toy that floats in water this one isn’t for you. Also, if you are looking to play tug-of-war with your dog this isn’t the best toy for that. This is meant to be their favorite toy that is engineered to last.

 

 

 

The Pet Life Giraffe Cow is the best jute toy on the market that can withstand strong chewers.

It features a natural jute material to strengthen your dog’s teeth while they chew.

Since it has multiple appendages it can be used by multiple dogs. Plus, the jute that is used is composed of recyclable materials which does the environment a favor.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a durable dog toy for multiple dogs that can withstand harsh chewers this is for you. If you are interested in a cute and adorable toy for your fur baby that is built to last this is for you.

This Is Not for Me

If you are looking for a dog toy that floats in water this one isn’t for you. Also, if you are looking to play fetch with this dog toy you can but it’s not its intended use.

 

The Pet Life Animate Extra Long Dog Toy  is made of the same nylon and polyester fibers as the dura chew dog toy.

It features a Nylon and Polyester fibers with reinforces stitching for added durability. This toy is an elongated toy that can be used by multiple dogs.

It comes in 3 different colors and different animal variants. Because of the materials it is super easy to clean and built to last.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a strong dog toy for multiple dogs that can withstand aggressive chewers you this is for you. If you are interested in a cute and adorable toy for multiple dogs this is for you.

This Is Not for Me

If you are looking a toy to play fetch with you should be looking elsewhere on this list. If you aren’t playing tug-of-war with your dog or have multiple dogs, I would avoid this as well.

 

  

The Pet Life Denta-Bone is a classic bone dog toy that is built for punishment.

We used a formulated TPR instead of rubber which makes it more flexible but retains the same strength. While we tried making this in a hard rubber it was too strong which is why we went with the TPR material instead.

This toy is perfect for the summertime because its waterproof and floats. Which is great if your dog loves swimming in a pool or lake.

This toy is extremely durable and helps with teething and relaxes gums in elder dogs and puppies.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a strong dog toy that excels in the water and helps relax your dog’s gums this is for you. If you are interested in a classic toy for your pup this is for you.

This Is Not for Me

If you are looking for a water toy to play fetch with our next product is for you. This toy isn’t meant to be shared and if you have multiple dogs, they might show aggression over the toy.

 

 

The Pet Life Gridiron Football is a classic football style dog toy that is strong enough even for excessive chewers.

We also used the formulated TPR instead of rubber which makes it more flexible but retains the same strength. We used the material to make it lightweight enough that you will feel comfortable throwing this around.

This toy is perfect during the summertime because its waterproof and floats. You can also play catch with your friends with this football as well.

This toy is extremely durable and helps with teething and relaxes gums in elder dogs and puppies.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a strong dog toy that you can throw and excels in the water this is for you. If you are interested in a football style dog toy that you can toss around this is for you.

This Is Not for Me

The shape of the football can be hard for dogs with smaller mouths to chew on avoid if your dog has a small mouth. If you shouldn’t plan on using this inside use since it is made to be used outside.

 

 

The Kong Classic has been the gold standard for dog toys for years.

This toy is super bouncy and has a unique shape for strong chewers. Plus, it comes with a hole at the bottom to insert dog treats.

This toy has been a staple for years and you can’t possibly go wrong with choosing a staple dog toy that veterinarians recommend.

Just like all the others listed it is highly durable and will last for a long time.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a strong dog toy that you don’t have to think twice about this is for you. If you are also looking for a tog toy that you can put treats in this is also the perfect toy for you.

This Is Not for Me

As of now we only carry the extra small version of the Kong Classic red dog toy which isn’t ideal for large dogs. While the Kong Classic has an interesting shape, it lacks in flare compared to the others on the list.

 

The Kong Hoopla Bone comes with two build in rings to satisfy your dog’s chewing instincts.

This toy also features a variety of textures and has squeak and crunch sound for increasing their activity and longevity playing with this toy.

Since the rings move alongside the rubber bone in the center, they will try to slide off the rings and keep them challenged.

This toy should be used with inquisitive dogs who are looking for a challenge.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a dog toy for a smart dog this is for you. The rings will keep them playing for hours with different materials and noises that it makes. This is great if you have a dog that likes to chew on different things throughout the house.

This Is Not for Me

Throwing this toy isn’t ideal while this isn’t meant to be thrown it can be considered a downside. This toy also can’t be use in a pool but can be used in a bathtub. If you want to play with your dog rather than by themselves, you a better finding something else on this list.

 

The Kong Hoopla Horseshoe comes with two build in rings to satisfy your dog’s chewing instincts.

This toy also features a variety of textures and has squeak and crunch sound for long lasting play sessions with this toy.

Since the rings move alongside the rubber horseshoe in the center, they will try to slide off the rings and keep them challenged.

This toy should be used on dogs who are interested in a challenge and if they like to chew on different things.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a dog toy that will keep your pup busy for hours this is the toy for you. The rings will keep them focus for hours with different materials and noises that it makes.

This Is Not for Me

While this toy has a horseshoe shape throwing this toy is a no go. While the shape seems appealing that both you and your dog can play with it the hard plastic doesn’t have enough give to do so.

 

The Kong Cruncheez Frisbee is a unique and fun Frisbee for dogs.

The most interesting thing about this toy is that unlike other Frisbee this one crackles and crunches when it is being chewed on.

Since Kong is known to make some of the most durable dog toys on the market this is no exception sporting its traditional rubber around the Frisbee for extra durability.

This toy should be used if your dog like to chase after Frisbee and to play fetch.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a dog toy that you and you dog can have fun with it’s the perfect one for you. The noise that this Frisbee makes alone will be enough to keep you pup playing for hours.

This Is Not for Me

If your dog wont chase after a Frisbee than chances are they won’t like this toy. This is a very niche product for dogs who like Frisbee's so if you have a smaller dog that doesn’t like them this isn’t the toy for you.

 

 

The Nylabone Power Chew is a giant chew toy for dogs up to 50 Pounds.

The unique shape is great for multiple dogs and is made for dogs that are powerful chewers. This bone also has 3 ends with an arched shape making it easier for them to get a grip.

This dog toy differs from the other that came before it because it has bacon flavor throughout the toy which helps keep interest.

The best things about this dog toy is that the bristles are raised during chewing which will help clean and freshen your dogs breath.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a dog toy that will keep your dog busy and keep their teeth clean this is for you. The bacon flavor will keep them bust for hours and from a brand like Nylabone you know that it will last.

This Is Not for Me

This toy is for large dogs in fact they call this a giant bone. This isn’t for small dogs so if you have a chihuahua who likes to chew this product isn’t for you.

 

The Nylabone Dura Chew Nylon Antler is a large chew toy meant to mimic real antlers.

The issues with traditional antlers are that some can splinter Nylabone chose to make a nylon version of the to forgo the splinter issue.

The best part of this toy is that since it is made of Nylon you can wash it without it absorbing the water.

Traditional antlers are extremely hard which is why they are used. However, antlers can damage their teeth by being too hard which is another reason why Nylabone went with the Nylon alternative.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a dog toy antler that is safe for your dog without splinters this is the toy for you. This toy has all the best parts of a toy antler with none of the drawbacks.

This Is Not for Me

This toy is for large dogs so if you have a small dog who likes to chew this isn’t for you. Some dogs like traditional antlers so if they are used to that they might have a difficult time switching over to a faux dog toy antler.

 

The Nylabone Dura Chew Big Chew Knot is the classic virtually indestructible dog chew on the market.

This dog toy is made for the most powerful chewers and is made in the USA. These are specifically made for dogs that are 50+ pounds and are made to last. 

These are the largest chew that we offer, and we have yet to see a dog make a dent in this one. If you are looking for something indestructible this is the best one, we have.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for the largest and virtually indestructible dog chew this is the toy for you. This toy is the best toy we have for large dogs that tear through all other dog toys.  

This Is Not for Me

This toy is for giant dogs so if you have a small dog or even a medium dog who likes to chew this isn’t for you. These should only be purchased if you have a dog over 50 pounds and destroys all other dog toys easily.

 

The Nylabone Dura Chew X is one of the best teeth cleaning toys that we offer.

This dog toy is long lasting and meant for dogs with an extreme chewing style. With its four pronged shape it makes it easier for your dog to get a comfortable grip.

With two different alternating chewing ends you can rest assured that your dog will be having fun and their teeth and gums will be healthy.

Nylabone added a beef flavor to this dog toy to increase their activity with this toy. This toy is also meant for dog up to 50 pounds which means that a wider variety of dogs can use this.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a toy that will help clean their teeth and is meant to extreme chewers this is the toy for you. This is a great toy if you need it to work on a variety of dog sizes.

This Is Not for Me

This dog toy just cleans teeth for the most part. If you are looking for a dog toy that you can play with your dog this isn’t for you.

 

The Nylabone Long Lasting Dura Chew is designed for powerful chewers and to promote clean teeth.

This dog toy is long lasting and is made with durable Nylon for the most powerful chewers. With its interesting bone shape and raised bristles it makes it easier to clean your dog’s teeth and gums.

With alternating chewing ends you can rest assured that your dog will be having fun and while they chew it helps control plaque and tartar buildup.

Nylabone added a chicken flavor to this dog toy to increase their activity with this toy. Another great thing about this toy is that it is made in the USA for higher safety standards.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a toy that can help clean and control plaque and tartar this is the toy for you. If you are also looking to promote the growth of products made in the USA this is your chance.

This Is Not for Me

This dog toy is large, and it doesn’t come in smaller sizes so small and medium dogs can’t use this one. This bone is quite large and using this for anything besides a chew for your dog isn’t advised.

 

The Pet Life Bark-Active Mesh Ball Dog Toy takes the best ideas from all of the others and puts it into one.

This dog toy was made to do what others can’t it’s made from a durable mesh which makes it lightweight. In addition, we made it waterproof so you pup can enjoy it in the pool or bathtub.

The mesh fibers will brush against your dog’s teeth which can promote healthy teeth and gums. While its durable stitching is built to last under tough conditions.

 

This is The Dog Toy For me

If you are looking for a toy that you can take anywhere and always have fun with this is the toy for you. Durable mesh toys are hard to find to strong chewers which makes this a rare find.

This Is Not for Me

If you have an extremely large dog that is over 50+ pounds this ball might be too small for your dog.

 

If there is anything you feel like we missed out on contacts us at blog@petlife.com  

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7 Best Dog Coats For Large Dogs

7 Best Dog Coats For Large Dogs

Finding the right gear for your large dog can be a challenge. It is especially difficult to find a dog coat for your large dog.

When researching dog jackets, the sizes are meant for extra small to medium sized dogs. This leaves larger dogs with limited options when choosing the best gear for your pup.

We have a wide variety of jackets for dogs and we chose the best ones that are available for large dogs. From winter dog coats, raincoats, and even the cheap ones read more to figure out which on is for you.

 

Before we show you our large dog collection, there are a few things to think about purchasing a dog jacket.

 

Does My Dog Need A Jacket?

While jackets are cute and fashionable the most important question to ask is if your dog needs a jacket in the first place.

While there are plenty of dog breeds that can benefit from using a dog coat, we are going to list a few that don’t particularly need one.  

The Alaskan Malamute, Keeshond, Newfoundland, Norwegian Elkhound, Tibetan Mastiff, Siberian Husky, and the Saint Bernard all have thick coats that are meant to withstand the cold weather.

 

According to Randa Kriss’s article on 7 breeds that love the cold weather that you should note that “These dogs were bred to withstand the cold temperatures but that doesn’t mean that it is safe to leave the outdoors on cold days.”

Taking extra precautions to ensure your pets safety should always be done. Here is a general guide for cold weather pet safety tips for your dog.

When it comes to raincoats for dogs most if not all dogs can use one regardless if they need one. Keeping your dog dry on a rainy day saves you the effort of mopping floors and worrying about your furniture.

 

Now that you figured out if you need a dog coat its time for the next step taking their measurements.

 

How To Measure Your Dog For A Jacket?

When shopping online there are variations in sizes from one store to the next. A large for example can be a medium at another shop and vice versa. Measuring your dog will get you the most accurate size jacket for your dog.

Skip the hassle of shipping back a product because it is too big or small. While we offer free returns, measuring your pup saves everyone time and you’ll be happier getting it right the first time.

To guarantee the best fit for your dog we use all three common measurements for dogs. Length from base of neck to the base of the tail, chest size, and neck size. We call the length of the base of the neck to the tail the “back” and it will be referenced as that throughout the rest of the article. 

 

To measure the neck of your dog, find the largest area at the base of their shoulder blades and wrap your measuring tape in front of their front legs.

To measure the chest of your dog, find the largest area of their chest and wrap your measuring tape behind their front legs.

If you are still unsure how to measure your dog here is a quick video showing how to take measurements.

 

 

Your dog’s weight may fluctuate in the summer and winter months. If you are buying a jacket during the summer, make sure add an extra half an inch for the neck and chest measurements for the best fit.

 

Now its time for the fun part which is choosing the right style!

 

What Style Dog Jackets Are Out There?

There are plenty of style choices to choose from posh to plush, weatherproof and lightweight. We have 25 different dog coats for large dogs in different styles so the choice is yours.

We also offer full body dog jackets for large dogs. These are for the adventurous dog who goes on hikes and loves the snow. They also can be used for older dogs if they can’t withstand the cold temperatures.

While we offer many styles, we are showcasing the best of them for each individual category, but we are missing one more factor to consider when purchasing a dog coat. The price.

 

What is your budget?

Budget is important when choosing a dog jacket, the range starts from $25 on the low end to $70 for our best weatherproof jacket.

The difference in costs depends on the materials and uses of each jacket. Our top of the line jacket while having protection from all types of weather might not suit everyone’s needs.

Whereas our cheap dog coats are perfect for someone living the city life. While they might not offer as much protection from torrential downpours they are suited for everyday normal use.

 

Now that you come this far let’s take a look at our best dog jackets for your dog.

 

7 best dog coats for large dogs

The Pet Life Classic Metallic Dog Coat is our most reviewed jacket available. Which covers your dogs head, body and part of their front legs.

It features a removable hood and usable zippered back pockets. It also has Velcro straps for the belly area making this jacket easy to put on.

This jacket also comes in a variety of different colors to suit your style and with thermal heat retention tech to provide your dog with maximum protection from the cold.

It’s a Match

This jacket has a great balance between cost and quality. Since we offer this jacket to even extra-large dogs it should fit your pup right out of the box. Since we have a wide variety of colors for this jacket you can match it with your own to suit your style.

Not for Me

If you are looking for a sporty dog jacket this one isn’t for you. This jacket is meant to keep your dog warm during walks in the winter. If you have an active dog in the winter months our next option is the best one.

 

   

When it comes to performance the Dog Helios Hurricane Dog Jacket is the best choice. Since it is a full body dog jacket it will protect your dog from the rain, snow, sleet, and wind. 

It features Velcro straps for each leg and adjustable straps for the waist area for the perfect fit. It also has a dual zippered waterproof leash slit at the neck to keep your dog dry.

This jacket is also extremely light weight and comes with reflective tubing and taping for increased visibility at night.

It’s a Match

This jacket is the sporty jacket you have been looking for. If you are an outdoors person who loves hiking and playing in the snow our jacket is durable to keep up. This jacket has been tested in hurricane like conditions and is suited for the active dog lifestyle.

Not for Me

If you are looking protect your dog from the rain on a light stroll this jacket isn’t for you. While this jacket can do that, it isn’t a raincoat. This jacket is meant to keep your dog warm and clean for outdoor adventures. If you are looking for a raincoat our next option is the best one.

When choosing a raincoat you are looking for the most protection and our Dog Helios Torrential Shield Raincoat does just that.

The focus for this jacket was a lightweight design like a rain poncho with adjustable drawstrings for the hood and waist.

We also added reflective taping around the hood and sides for extra visibility during low light conditions.  

It’s a Match

If you are looking for a dog raincoat you found your match. Don’t worry about cleaning it’s a breeze since it is waterproof. This jacket is perfect for the dog that doesn’t want to get wet in the rain.

Not for Me

If you are looking to keep your dog warm in the winter this isn’t for you. This is a lightweight jacket meant to keep your dog dry in torrential downpours. If you are looking for a snow jacket our next option is the best one.

When it comes to snow protection and heat retention the Dog Helios Thunder Crackle Dog Jacket is the best choice. Since it is a full body dog jacket it will keep your dog warm in blizzard like conditions

It features adjustable drawstring straps for each leg. For added heat retention we added a zipper to the top along with an additional Velcro strap to keep the wind out. This doesn’t mean the jacket isn’t breathable the materials used release excess heat to avoid overheating your dog.

This jacket is meant to keep your dog as warm as possible which is why it’s one of our few jackets that are plush protected.

It’s a Match

This jacket is meant to keep your dog warm throughout the winter. If you have an old dog who is always cold or a dog who likes to play in the snow this is the jacket you want. If keeping your dog warm is the only thing on your mind you can’t go wrong with this jacket.

Not for Me

This jacket isn’t for you if you want to your dog to go for a run in the park during winter. This jacket is made to climb mountains in cold climates. Keeping your dog warm and safe was the priority when developing this jacket. If you are looking for a jacket your dog can run in our next option is the best one.

The Dog Helios Octane is a soft shelled dog jacket. This is the easiest to remove jacket we have with just two Velcro straps to put it on and to take it off.

It features the same technology and materials as our premium dog jackets but since we used less material, we reduced the price. Its windproof, waterproof, and tear resistant and its meant to keep up with your hyperactive dog no matter the weather.

This jacket is meant to keep your dog’s core body temperature steady while not restricting their movements

It’s a Match

This jacket is meant to keep your dog warm while giving them the most mobility. If you have a dog who is who likes to play in the snow or likes to run in dog parks in the winter this is the jacket for you. Taking this jacket off a hyperactive dog hasn’t been easier which is a bonus.

Not for Me

This jacket isn’t for you if you want to look fashionable. This jacket is simple and does its job without all the frills. If you are looking for a jacket you can show off our next option is the best one.

The Touchdog Snowadayz Pom Pom Jacket is the trendy jacket you’re looking for. This jacket has a unique reindeer and snowflake pattern on one half and the other half has a box stitched polyester pattern.

This is one of our unique in between jackets that can be considered a jacket or a hooded sweater. It features pompoms on each drawstring, dual pockets, and a leash slit for easy attachment.

This jacket is meant to keep your dog’s warm and fashionable with quality materials.

It’s a Match

This jacket is meant for you if fashion and warmth are on your mind. If you are looking for a one of a kind dog jacket you came to the right place. Bring out your inner fashionista!  

Not for Me

This jacket isn’t for you if protection from all the elements is on your mind. This jacket looks good and will keep your dog warm for short strolls in the city. If you are looking for a jacket you can bring anywhere our next option is the best one.

The Dog Helios Weather King Ultimate Jacket has that name for a reason it has the ultimate protection from the inclement weather. This jacket has the best protection from the elements that we have to offer.

This jacket combines the best of all our offerings it has full coverage being a full bodied dog coat and has adjustable sleeves without sacrificing mobility.

This jacket is meant to keep your dog’s warm, fashionable, and protected from the elements with quality materials.

It’s a Match

This jacket is meant for you if are looking for the ultimate dog coat. You can bring this dog jacket anywhere and it will perform beyond your expectations. This jacket was the reason for the slogan Get Outdoors with Dog Helios.

Not for Me

This jacket isn’t for you if you are looking for something cheap. This jacket is meant for you to use for years and is an investment into your dog’s overall health. If you are looking for a jacket for the short term this one isn’t for you.

 

All Jackets right now are 20% off and the offer is valid until September 1st, 2019.

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