This time of year here in the UK we have to deal with a lot of rain and MUD - even a short walk will leave you and your whippet caked in mud and suitably soggy. Washing your dog's coat or jumper every single day isn’t best practice, not only for the longevity of the item but it’s not practical when you will return from the next day’s walk filthy all over again.
So, here are a few tips about caring for your whippets wardrobe that I have gained along the way with two mucky pups!
Our fleece jumpers are the most used items in our household and I’m sure it’s the same for you as they’re so versatile. When your fleece jumper or blanket arrives, it feels so plush and soft and to maintain that softness as much as the fabric allows there are a few things that you can do:
Top Tip – if your whippet has coated the jumper in really smelly stuff, a soak and gentle scrub before the machine wash in your non bio detergent will get it clean for the next walk.
For lounging around at home or chilly spring mornings we love a t-shirt and our beautiful soft organic cotton is easy to care for. Simply wash with a gentle non bio detergent on a 30 degree wash or less and you can either tumble dry on a low setting or air dry. If there are stubborn splash stains on the underneath a soak and gentle scrub in some warm water and non bio liquid usually gets the worst of it out before the machine wash.
Our washable styles are: Be Seen Hi Vis, Canterbury, Dorset, Norwich, Yorkshire, Hoxton, Shoreditch and Richmond. Treat these coats the same way as our fleece jumpers in terms of care, the key product being a non bio detergent. The Shoreditch and the Hoxton are made from beautifully soft moleskin which is washable and you can even tumble dry it but I don’t advise this coat if you have a serious roller as the way the fabric is woven makes it harder for dirt and stains to come out and it might get stubbornly creased if washed too often.
Our wax styles are: Wiltshire, Norfolk, and Cumbria. Wax cotton is a beautiful, practical, long lasting fabric but it’s not one for those of us with hounds who like to roll in the smelliest of substances as they are not suitable for washing. A wax coat is perfect for city whippets and oldies who like to plod nicely next to you and caring for wax is actually pretty easy;
This video shows you how to re-wax your dogs wax jacket:
Styles include: Carlisle, Chester, Chester Light and Cardiff. These coats absolutely changed our lives and our business! Whippets are not lovers of the rain but inevitably at some point you will be caught out by a shower. Most walks it’s wise to be ready for all that the British weather can throw at us! Having a coat that is easy to fold up and fit in your bag to keep your whippet dry is vital. To care for your wondrous whip-it-away coats you need to do the following;
If you have the Chester Mac with the fleece panel underneath brushing off any mud will help go longer between washes.
A brush is a great tool in the longevity of these coats – when dirt is dry your can brush off the mud
Styles are: Lincoln, Winchester and York – much like our wax coats these wool coats are something I only recommend for city trotters and senior plodders they are not suitable for adventurous country hounds due to them not being washable. However, wool is a fantastic and versatile fabric as its naturally antimicrobial and is a lot hardier than it looks.
Styles are: Mycroft and Sherlock – these two coats are washable if you follow the instructions above for the Whip-it-Away macs. A higher temperature than 30ºC will likely shrink your coat and that is never a good look!
Our leather collars are made of beautiful supple nubuck leather which is suitable for even the most sensitive whippet necks. I have been known to do an emergency wash in cold streams or warm soapy water when there has been a roll to end all rolls in something stinky, this action has a drying effect so, to keep your collar as soft as the day it arrived while protecting the leather I suggest:
Why non bio? Well, it’s gentler, it doesn’t contain enzymes that can be an irritant and are generally harsh on clothing. Even the most stubborn mud stains can be dealt with by using a stiff brush – I have a vegetable brush just for this job and even when I felt defeated by mud on George's yellow fleece, it came out with a good brush and wash.
And remember, we want you to get the most from every item you purchase from us; quality clothing is an investment for you, your dog and the planet.