Thermal apparel such as a warming layer, jacket or overall can help make warming up and cooling down more efficient. Warming the dog’s musculature quicker ensures that the dog’s body is ready for movement, while the extra thermal warmth after exercise or activities will help keep the dog from cooling down too rapidly. In the fall, an easy-on, easy-off mid-layer jacket or overall that protects the largest muscle groups is ideal for most dogs. Plus it can be used in cold weather, under a coat for example, for additional warmth. The advantage of layering is that the clothes can be added or removed easily when necessary, for example if the weather changes or the dog is waiting for his or her turn during training or competition.
If your dog is short-haired or gets cold easily, a thin overall with a foil lining that reflects the dog’s body heat back to the dog can provide much-needed warmth. Look for one that is breathable. It will give you the warmth you need and help to minimise the chance of the dog overheating. A thinner overall is also great for layering under a jacket or a thicker winter overall, for example. Older dogs, especially short-haired breeds, will get a lot of use from a warm and comfortable overall, whether it be for colder weather or simply daily walks.