1 Defy downpours
Tula Coat, Páramo, £245. If you are out in the elements with your dog every day, you want a reliably waterproof coat. Páramo’s Nikwax Analogy fabric is one of the most rainproof around. The long cut adds welcome extra protection, and there are big pockets for all those bits and pieces, and a close-fitting, wired hood that won’t block your peripheral vision.
2-3 Stay snug
Dog coat, Equafleece, £15-£46. If your dog suffers from cold in freezing weather, these snug coats made of high-quality Polartec fleece will help. They clip on easily, and come in a range of sizes and colours to suit for dog. (As a matter of fact the sample we requested is a tad big on Izzy – expect a snugger fit on your pet.)
Crandall Tall Boots, Bogs, £90. With these comfortable wellies your feet should stay dry and warm even on freezing days. Grippy cushioned soles provide a soft and stable ride, while flexible, fleece-lined uppers keep you cosy.
4 Protect your head
Welland waxed hat, Schoffel, £59.95. Keep sunshine and rain out of your eyes and collar with this water-resistant hat in soft waxed cotton.
5 Stick to it
Chestnut hiking staff with Labrador retriever motif, Classic Canes, £18.95. Substantial staff, complete with leather wrist strap and metal spike base for soft ground, with a rubber cover for road walks.
6-8 Take a lead
Weekender Dog Collar, from £32, Weekender Leather Dog Lead, £36, and Poo Bag Holder, £22, all from Houndworthy. Lightweight leather collar lined with soft nylon webbing, with matching lead and calf’s leather pouch made in England using antique-brass plate fittings. Available in four bright colours; this one is ‘Cinnamon’.
9 Instant recall
Rustic dog whistle, from £18. Made in traditional style from Scottish stag antlers, attached to a leather thong.
10 Right to roam
Shock Absorber Dog Lead, Mountain Paws, £9.99. This elasticated lead gives your dog that wee bit more freedom. 135cm to 255cm long.
11 Bright idea
Glowstreak LED ball, Nite Ize, £13.95. Never lose your ball in the shadows again – with this illuminating, water-resistant rubber ball, which will run for or more before it needs a new battery.
12 Light your way
Intensity head torch, LifeSystems, £26.99. Wearing a head torch keeps your hands free to control your dog. This affordable torch is superbly bright at 220 lumens – enough to see and be seen on country lanes. And a big plus – there’s also a red rear light on the battery pack, for any traffic coming up behind.
13-14 Be seen
REFLECT360 Waterproof Dog Jacket, Proviz, £24.99. These astonishingly reflective coats shine brilliantly in the light of oncoming headlamps. Three sizes available.
Nite Dawg LED Collar, Nite Ize, £16.95. Bright red LEDs illuminate this collar, with an additional reflective strip for extra visibility.
15 Better safe
Adventure Dog Series Heeler Medical kit, Adventure Medical Kits, £12.99. If your pooch gets into a scrape, this pocket-sized kit comprises 10 first aid essentials to patch it up with, including bandages, antiseptic wipes, tick tweezers and pet first aid manual.
16 Out of sight…
Dicky Bag, £9.99. When your dog has done its business, bag up and stash in this sealed container, which can be worn on belt or dog lead.
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