Warm gear is essential for humans and dogs alike to stay comfortable during the cold weather months. With daylight hours slipping away, planning winter outings with your four legged friends can take a bit more finesse than usual. From winter camping in the backcountry to day trips through your local trail system, dogs need to keep warm too, including the times when they’re sporting packs or harnesses.

We layer under our packs every day. The same concept can be applied to our four legged friends!

A great way to continue our pursuit of the adventures we love, even in the face of intimidating weather forecasts, is to embrace the concept of layering. We can still follow our passions outside regardless of the season. Starting with the basics of the right gear and the right attitude, you can fuel your fire one element at a time.

Our stream lined design makes it easy to layer

When it comes to layering under your dog’s Ruff Wear pack or harness, our Climate Changer™ Fleece and Cloud Chaser™ Soft Shell Jackets serve as great options for a low-profile layer. These two jackets have zipper closures, as opposed to buckle closures, providing a streamlined layer. That said, all Ruff Wear gear can be used in a layering application. As with any dog gear, be sure to check your canine periodically as you hike to ensure that all gear is in place and fitting correctly with the extra layer. It’s our job to make sure that we’re giving our pups the best experience possible by intermittently checking their gear just like we do with our own gear.

Mavis in her Cloud Chaser™ with the Omnijore™ harness layered on top - ready for adventure
There she goes!

With smart planning, your trail is endless! Ruff Wear makes gear to get you outside and to spark the adventure within you and your dog. With creative layering, anything is possible, no matter the weather.

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  1. So, I’m not a huge adventurer, but my Australian cattle dog Josie and I do frequent the trails even in the dead of winter. Can you create a blog post with some tips about temperatures, wind chills and snow and ice that clump on paws?

    I live in Minnesota and the weather here can be brutal especially in January and February, with subzero temps and wind chills taking it down to a whopping -40 in some cases.

    This is my first time owning a dog in such harsh temperatures. And while I know I’m not in Alaska, I’d like to know when it’s okay to walk without boots, how long to stay out in the weather with my dog and how to protect medium to long-haired dogs and their paws in the ice, snow and city street salt.

    Also, what about drinking water out of frozen bowls at the dog parks or eating snow? Are their behaviors I should be monitoring with my rescued cattle dog?

    1. Hi Melissa!
      Thanks so much for writing in!

      Those are great suggestions for future posts! Thank you 🙂

      In the mean time, I think that a local Vet would be a great options for discussing things like “drinking out of frozen bowls at the dog park” and why that would or would not be a good idea.

      Good luck with your new Australian Cattle Dog! We just love their wiggle tails!

  2. I agree with Josh. Thats exactly what my dog needs the warmth with the water/windproof. I have both the climate changer and the cloud chaser but they don’t work as a layering system because the next size up cloud chaser is too big. I love the zipper and belly coverage vs the buckle system which is why I chose Ruff Wear over other brands.

  3. Have you ever considered making a jacket that has two parts? The internal part would be just like the Climate Changer and the exterior part would be the same material as the Sun Shower but in the same style as the Climate Changer (zipper on the side). This jacket would be good for any conditions requiring a jacket offering warmth and waterproofness with the flexibility to have one without the other.

    1. I have a Cloud Chaser and love it! I am just looking for something that offers even more insulation along with the ability to be water proof.

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