Getting You and Your Dog Autumn-Ready
It’s that time of year again where the days getting shorter, the rain is rolling back in, and it feels like summer is just a distant memory. We’re bracing ourselves for cold nights and muddy walks in the downpour but, as your mother always used to say, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”!
We’ve curated the following guide to autumn, to help you and your dog make the most of the season. Before you know it, you’ll be smiling as your dog rolls around in muddy puddles, content in the knowledge that they’re as happy as can be and you have damage control in place!
This coat is a fantastic accompaniment for your dog when you’re off on autumnal adventures. The wind- and water- resistant outer layer keeps the weather at bay, whilst the fleecy inner keeps your dog nice and warm when it’s blowing a hooley outside. It’s also available in either Slate Blue or Red Clay, so you can match it to your dog’s style.
This collar is an essential bit of kit going into winter. Not only does it help other people see your dog when out on walks, keeping you both safe, but it’s a fab way of keeping an eye on your dog when they’re running around in the garden. Gone are the days of looking for the reflections of your dog’s eyes in the torchlight!
A reflective harness is so important for walks in the darkness, especially if your walks normally consist of roadsides or country lanes. The Long Paws Padded Reflective Harness is made with 3M Scotchlite™ reflective strips so car headlights and torchlight will bounce off your dog, keeping them visible and safe from the surrounding traffic.
This harness comes in a wide array of different colours, and you can also get a matching collar and reflective leads to really enhance your dog’s visibility.
The Orbiloc light is another great accessory for twilight walks. It boasts visibility up to 3 miles away and comes with static or flashing light modes, making sure that motorists can see you and your dog from a safe distance. You can attach it however you like – on the collar, the lead, the harness, or even yourself! It’s fully waterproof and impact resistant, meaning that even the most adventurous dog would have a hard time breaking it, and you can keep a watchful eye as they dart through the forest.
So good are their manufacturing, that they even come with a three-year warranty.
Muddy walks are a given with autumn rolling in, but paw prints through the car and the house don’t have to be! The Dexas Mudbuster is an innovative tool that lets you clean your dog’s paws super easily straight after a walk. Simply pop some water into it, put your dog’s paw in, twist, and remove! The silicone probes loosen clumps of mud, and the container keeps it all in one place for you to pour away when you’re ready.
The new lidded variety means you can pre-load it with water and take it with you – making it the perfect adventure buddy for those who still want a clean car at the end of the trip.
Rough and soggy towels are a thing of the past with this microfibre noodle towel. The microfibre is super-absorbent, and the soft, fluffy noodles provide more drying space – plus an enjoyable drying experience for your soggy doggy! The ends of the towel have pockets for your hands so, if it’s been a particularly cold walk and you’ve lost all feeling in your extremities, you can still dry your pooch with ease.
It’s also quick-drying and washable, meaning you can quickly have it clean and ready to go for walk after walk.
Some dogs simply can’t resist the knee-high mud and dirty puddles they come across on their autumn walks. If your dog particularly loves to get themselves good and dirty, this deep clean shampoo is an essential item for your home. Simply wet down your dog, lather this on the dirty areas, and rinse off. It’s great at getting off even tough mud and stains, and also targets those bad smells that can stick to your dog like Velcro!
One of the downsides of autumn is that mud, water, and ‘wet dog smell’ seem to get everywhere. Considering how much time your dog spends in their bed, this is one area that gets particularly bad, and it can hold onto dirt, smells, and bacteria easily. The Bunty waterproof anchor bed sets out to fix this issue once and for all: with a waterproof and wipeable exterior, the internal foam stays safe and dry – even with a soaking wet dog lying in it. You can easily wipe off any dirt or mud with a damp cloth, or for more intense cleans it is fully washable. It also benefits from a rubber coating on the base, and sturdy double stitching, so it can stand up to even the most enthusiastic of dogs rolling around, trying to dry themselves off in it.
It comes in four sizes and four colours, so you can find the perfect fit for your pooch.
With autumn comes bonfire night and fireworks galore, which can cause a huge amount of distress to our pets. This spray helps you to beat the fear: simply spray it around your home, and watch your pets relax. It’s formulated with valerian, which is a naturally occurring plant that’s been used in herbal medicine for centuries – its first description dates right back to the great Greek physician, Hippocrates! Scientists still aren’t certain on how it functions, but it’s thought that it promotes the body to create more of its own calming hormones – meaning your pet will find it easier to snuggle down and snooze through the fireworks.
This collection of items is sure to help you through the transition to cooler, wetter months and everything they come with! Do you have any autumn must-haves that you think our community needs to know about? Drop them down below in the comments!