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    I've been to the vets today. Now I need help.

    I have visited the vet with my youngest dog. She is going to be cut very short in ten days time. This cut is so short he suggests I make a quilted coat for her . Do any of you have pattern or now where I can find one. Fudge is a bishion frise small and aged 1year. Help I have ten days only.
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    http://sewing.about.com/od/freeproje...-Small-Dog.htm

    I didn't click on the pdf to see what size this is, but I googled dog coat free pattern. There were other sites too.
    Ruth

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    Probably google will help!!!!

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    My dog loves her fleece shirts (posting info picture on left) -- I used a Vogue pattern -- the last ones I made are mock turtlenecks -- the pattern was a bit pricey, but with a Joann's coupon or pattern sale, the price was more reasonable -- the shirt is very easy to make and takes little time even making one for my 90+ lb lab -- but of course, there are free coat patterns....
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    Thank you I am hoping it will be very well quilted not one piece as it needs to keep he warm.
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    I am a professional dog groomer. Unless the dog will be living outside, he really doesn't need a coat to keep him warm. You can cover him with a blanket but unless he is used to wearing a coat, he could rub his front leg pits very raw the area around his neck also. Since the Vet reccommended the dog to be clipped short, my guess is that his coat has become very matted and tangled and that is the only option. I would strongley reccomend that you seek the help of a good groomer and get help in proper brushing and COMBING techinques. I tell all my clients that 10 minutes a day EVERY day, will keep your dog tangle free and he will look fantastic!! He can not groom himself.....that is your job and since he is only a year old, you have the next 12-15 years of coat care ahead of you. That said, you can try fitting a baby tee shirt on him for a quick fix. Run a drawstring around the dogs waist area, so it will not drag the ground or get wet with urine when he goes out. In 4-6 weeks, his coat will be about an inch long and he will be ready for another grooming. Most people can manage to control an inch of coat on their dogs and not run into mats and tangles. Good luck

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    Hi Dottymo,
    My avatar, Tinkerbelle is always cold.....she is a Chihuahua. I made a Simplicity #3939 pattern for her. I used view A which has 4 little legs outof fleece..for the ribbing at the edges...I recycled some from a sweatshirt that I cut off the long sleeves. She loves it.

    There are other views with short sleeves on this pattern...VERY easy to sew. Calls for 1/2 to 3/4 yards of fabric.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    The dog may also have allergies. My vet suggested keeping our Cocker groomed short as pollen gets in his fur and makes him scratch.

    Quote Originally Posted by jodimarie View Post
    I am a professional dog groomer. Unless the dog will be living outside, he really doesn't need a coat to keep him warm. You can cover him with a blanket but unless he is used to wearing a coat, he could rub his front leg pits very raw the area around his neck also. Since the Vet reccommended the dog to be clipped short, my guess is that his coat has become very matted and tangled and that is the only option. I would strongley reccomend that you seek the help of a good groomer and get help in proper brushing and COMBING techinques. I tell all my clients that 10 minutes a day EVERY day, will keep your dog tangle free and he will look fantastic!! He can not groom himself.....that is your job and since he is only a year old, you have the next 12-15 years of coat care ahead of you. That said, you can try fitting a baby tee shirt on him for a quick fix. Run a drawstring around the dogs waist area, so it will not drag the ground or get wet with urine when he goes out. In 4-6 weeks, his coat will be about an inch long and he will be ready for another grooming. Most people can manage to control an inch of coat on their dogs and not run into mats and tangles. Good luck

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    our min pin has such short hair, he wears a sweater all winter long, he weighs only 7 lbs., he also lays on the register when the blower blows. Sweaters seem to work better for him. We had a rat terrier that was bigger that I made fleece coats for.

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    You can get a dog coat pattern for only $1 at Wal Mart.

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    Around here, you can get a dog coat on sale at Wal Mart because spring is coming (I hope). I made one for my cat, who
    had to be shaved, out of fleece. Just one piece, binding, and velcro. Nothing fancy, as I didn't think he'd wear it. Put
    it on him, he wiggled a bit, and wore it the rest of his life! The pattern was Simplicity, but you should be able to get one
    free on the net.

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    For greyhounds, whippets, Italian greyhounds, we usually use fleece -- single layer for indoors, double layer for long walks outdoors when it's very cold. Most common is a vest-like pattern (no legs). Legs do help keep it from sliding around as much but some dogs find them uncomfortable.

    The one downside to fleece is static! Dryer sheets are your friend. If the dryer sheet chemicals bother the dog, you get less static with cotton flannel or all-cotton knit.

    Hope your pup is well and that you have fun making some coats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruthrings View Post
    http://sewing.about.com/od/freeproje...-Small-Dog.htm

    I didn't click on the pdf to see what size this is, but I googled dog coat free pattern. There were other sites too.
    That looks like a pretty nice pattern and the part that goes under the belly is fairly wide - I think that's a plus as it gives a little more warmth and protection to the belly. I think you could modify it to include protection for her chest. Look at the picture in this link and how the coat fits the dog. I have something similar for my dog and the coat goes over his head, down the front of his chest and then comes up on either side to velcro close. It protects his back, chest, and tummy. http://www.gundogsupply.com/avery-bo...-dog-vest.html
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    When my dog had some "fatty tumors" removed, the vet told me we had to keep her from scratching at the stitches OR she would have to wear a cone. I went to the thrift store and found a fleece baby sleeper. Cut it to fit her and used velcro to hold it together. Worked like a charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie View Post
    You can get a dog coat pattern for only $1 at Wal Mart.
    Twinkie, sorry, cost of air fare from UK but too much . Thank you I had a good laugh.

    The vet wants her coat short because she has a skin allergy and because she is a bishion frise and growing her second coat he is finding difficult to get to the skin. That is why sh needs the coat to go outside in. At present in UK having minus temps. And snow.
    Last edited by DOTTYMO; 03-26-2013 at 05:19 AM.
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    I breed yorkies, and I have made coats from fleece. They do not rub their under arms. I designed my own. They aren't difficult to make.

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    I had a larger dog, for those who may need something in the future. I used a child's sweatshirt, cut the sleeves a little shorter and used a big diaper pin to snuggle it up over her back. She loved it!! Not so fashionable but kept her warm when we went camping.
    Last edited by AZ Jane; 03-26-2013 at 07:09 AM.
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    You should never cut dogs' fur. It warms them in cooler times and cools them in the hot months. Why are you cutting the dog??? I have Corgies. I was warned NOT to ever cut their coats! By the breeder. I never dream of it, ever. They would get sunburned without their fur. No, I don't have "outdoor" dogs, would never dream of it either.
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    Eleanor made a couple of coats for her dogs. Her is her directions

    http://vimeo.com/28132887

    Hope this helps. I have never made one but she made it look simple. Good luck!
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    Oh my gosh, the visual in my head was hysterical. I read "vet" and "cut short" and the first thing that popped in my head was that the dog was going to have some sort of amputation! Whew, I'm so glad it's only the FUR that will be cut short!!!

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    This reply has nothing to do with grooming but thanks for the reminder about the vet. We had a 9:20 appt. when I was looking at this post the first time this morning at 8:50. We made it on time since we live only 5 minutes away. My girl Bianca will now be able to handle her arthritis. She and her sister are 9 years old. Anyway thanks for the unintentional reminder. BTW my neighbor has a hairless dog and she puts preemie and newborn shirts on it. His name is Harry. LOL!

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    Dottymo: Fleece is very warm.

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    I don't have dogs but I have made coats for my young alpacas. I use two layers of fleece (medium weight - Joann fabric) and 3" heavy duty hook and loop tape. It looks like others have posted several options for patterns. Good luck with this project.

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    I have made several coats out of fleece for a friends dog. It a Simplicity pattern number 3939 and Eddie Bowser is the style I used. I liked it because it has leg coverings for all 4 legs. It is pretty easy to make. I made several for him because when the weather became cool in Houston (we're not talking freezing) he would insist on wearing it inside the house and outside and he needed a fresh one when the one he was wearing was getting too doggy in scent.

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    A quick easy cheap way to have a coat that I use, take the sleeve of a sweet shirt. Use the cuff to go around the neck, seam on stomach and shorter on bottem than top Name:  P3260137.JPG
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Size:  137.6 KB and cut who holes where legs go. They are soft and warm, easy to make, you can surge or fold under edges and you can make two with one sweat shirt and have one to wear when you wash the other one. We have bunches of dogs (raise Rat Terriers) and that ishow I make coats. Even take ribbing and body of shirt to make shirts from small to large. Make sure you make holes for legs large enough but we hve some dogs who love them, and they are warm an not much to get caught on things.

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