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Product Frequently Asked Questions

What crate should I get my dog?

Knowing how to choose the right dog crate does not have to be a difficult task. There are several basic crate types to choose from: plastic crates, soft and cloth crates, wire crates, and designer wood crates. Take a look at our post How to Choose a Dog Crate to learn more about each type.

How do I know what size crate to get for my dog?

Your dog's crate should be just large enough for them to stand up, sit and turn around in easily. As a rule of thumb, the crate should be about 4 inches taller and longer than your dog for maximum comfort. Check out our How to Choose the Right Crate Size guide for more details, including extra small to extra large dog breed specific guidelines.

I know I want a wire crate, but which one is best for my dog?

We have a wide selection of Wire Dog Crates to choose from, each with its own advantages. Take a look at our Best Midwest Dog Crates Guide to see the differences and find out which one will work best for your dog. 

How do I measure my dog for clothes?

A proper fit of our outdoor dog clothes is especially important for your dog's comfort and mobility. To get the best fit, there are 3 key measurements you will need to take- the back length, neckline and chest girth. Determine the best size to order using the unique sizing dimensions included in each product description. Check out our How to Measure Your Dog page for easy measurement guidelines.

Does my dog need a life jacket?

A dog life jacket can be a life saver if many of your summer adventures involve water. There are many factors that will help in determining if a life vest is a wise decision for your dog. Read our guide "Does my dog need a life jacket" for further information. 

Which winter dog coat should I get my dog?

We highly recommend the Hurtta winter dog coats (Frost Jacket, Ultimate Warmer, Microfleece Jumpsuit, Winter Dog Coat) and the Chilly Dogs coats (Great White North Dog Coats). Both designers offer high performance coats with athletic cuts that are geared for active dogs. They allow great freedom of movement so dogs can run freely. The coats are waterproof and breathable, which are the most important attributes. All their dog coats match the expectations we have on our own outerwear. For a lower priced jacket, but one of good quality, we recommend the Kong 3-in-1 Dog Jacket.

In addition to brand, there are several different cuts of winter dog coats- from one that covers just the back to a full body coat. A full body coat will provide more warmth and protection, but not all dogs like the feel of full body style. Take a look at our overview of the best dog coats by Hurtta for the different styles of winter jackets available.