The Trench Coat: Winter Is Here To Stay

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Trench Coat: SAVING Shermie this winter

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Winter is here. Yes, this is a review for Teckelklub. My dogs have been wearing their Fuzzies and coats for many years and I’m a huge brand advocate. Before I go into detail on why I love their Trench Coat I want to talk about some winter best practices. The past eight weeks have been challenging as we’ve been under or at freezing temperatures for weeks and that’s not normal here… at all!


  • Layer: Add a fleece beneath the coat or jacket for your dog if the weather falls below freezing.
  • Snow packed or are you dodging huge piles of snow? We don’t have plows here (I know…) so our dogs are leaping over piles of snow everywhere on their walks – so don’t overdo it with your dog if they’re older or perhaps just not used to the new agility course in your neighborhood.
  • Do you have a reactive dog? Given the weather – my routes have changed and I walk two reactive dogs (separately) but I’ve been caught a few times with other dogs coming towards me when typically I can u-turn. Consider a new route while the weather presents challenges.
  • Indoor games: Yes, we’ve been loading up the puzzle toys this week especially. Have these ready!
  • Watch falling branches and snow! It didn’t occur to me that even though it’s below freezing and the sun is out that a brief thaw is even possible – we had some snow and branches fall on us when I was looking… set you and your dog up for success… lol!

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OK: About The Trench Coat!

Teckelklub’s Trench Coat fits all breeds from 9” in length through 31” and is the original waterproof jacket the company designed. As you can see it fits Shermie very well and he’s a beagle/basset cross so long with a deep chest. It’s hard to find coats that fit him well.

As I mentioned previously, we are having record snow fall here (the most since 1980!) in Portland this week so I’ve been layering Shermie’s Fuzzie underneath his Trench Coat and it’s a great combination that is keeping him warm and dry.  It’s a great alternative for snow but we use this coat mainly for rain.

What I love about the Trench Coat:

  • Made in North America – so many products are NOT.
  • The fabric is super durable. The original Trench circa 1998 is still seen in the Vancouver trails!
  • There is a fleece lining to maintain your dog’s natural temperature while protecting the dog and your home / car from dirt and water.
  • Since it’s so dark out in the morning when we walk, I love the reflective piping and tape that raises the visibility.
  • The windproof, waterproof layer can help keep dogs warm and protected outdoors the same way we like to be. Sherm is super comfortable in his Trench even in below zero temperatures.

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Some history:

Teckelklub’s Trench made its debut in 1996 on Zoe the founding member of the Teckelklub pack

As a mini dachshund Zoe was short haired and tiny. She needed some encouragement to head out in the cold and wet. The idea of a cozy warm and waterproof jacket was put into action. Its popularity spread organically as dog owners in Vancouver that saw the coat wished they had one of their own. Teckelklub harnessed that momentum and in 1998 launched The Trench which gained huge popularity in Vancouver and Seattle, and quickly spread throughout the Pacific Northwest. Teckelklub has stayed true to its socially responsible roots and manufactured all its products in Vancouver so it’s all North American made quality. Teckelklub is proudly worn around the globe.


  • Key Features & Benefits
    Very high breathability and air permeability
    100% waterproof and warmth lined with fleece
    Easy-on, easy-off fits all breeds
  • Made in North America



There are 78 Comments

  1. Rochelle says:

    Yay! We love Teckelklub! You make some really great points in this post – I can definitely relate to the challenges faced by reactive dog-walkers in the snow. Good luck with that record snowfall!

  2. Jana Rade says:

    Cookie doesn’t like having to wear clothes. The other winter, because her belly was shaved for ultrasound and it was very cold, we got her a coat; even though I gradually desensitized her to it, she still wasn’t happy having to have it. Though the moment she got out the door she forgot all about it 🙂

    • I have to admit I’m getting of all the gear and it takes awhile to get all the coats on and then layers and I’m with you, Sherm has to be treated through the coat process but I think he’s grateful once outdoors.

  3. That’s a very stylish trench coat and it’s so important to keep our pets warm in weather extremes. I love that colour blue too – just stunning!

  4. I love the look of this trench coat. We have several types of coats but so far we have only experienced a few days of winter weather. It is a different story where you are this year. ☺

  5. Cathy Armato says:

    This is such a pretty coat, perfect for nasty Winter weather & stylish too. I really like that it can fit dogs with longer bodies, that is always such a challenge for us! Wonderful review & thanks for the helpful Winter advisory tips!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  6. We have been having a crazy winter! I’m having to layer with the pup too. Sherman looks nice and warm.

  7. Ruth Epstein says:

    What a great coat – he looks so handome in it. My favorite past time in winter with Layla is just to cuddle, relax on the bed and have quality time

  8. rachel monn says:

    she just loves playing in the snow…this jacket would be perfect!

  9. Natalie Hartmann says:

    Staying warm in the house and long cuddle sessions.

  10. Bonnie Raymond says:

    This would be great for my service Chihuahua I have had to leave him home a couple times because it has been way too cold for him

  11. Sandy Weinstein says:

    well, to tell the truth, none, i am not a cold weather person and my 2 younger girls are Florida born and bred. my oldest loved to play in the snow when she could stand the cold, but her old bones cant take the cold now. so our favorite activity in the winter is playing on the large covered deck, unless it is not too cold we will go for runs on my property.

    • My senior dog Bruiser is having some trouble in the ice as he has bad feet — his older bones are also about done with the snow at this point. Runs on your property sounds like fun!

  12. Robin says:

    Shermie looks great in this coat! It seems like the perfect coat for a dog in the winter. It covers a lot of body area! Here in Michigan, we see a lot of snow and ice. I bet these would be really popular here. Small sizes would even be great for cats.

  13. Jan K says:

    This coat looks great! I was not familiar with this brand so happy to learn more about it. I am determined not to let inclement weather keep us indoors any more so I want raincoats for all the crew. This one looks like it might be something Cricket would be OK with wearing.
    The dogs are happy playing ball no matter what the weather. But MY favorite winter past time is snowshoeing. We just haven’t had very good conditions for getting out there, it’s been way too icy this year, with crazy up and down temperatures. 🙁

    • Thank you! Teckelklub has some awesome rain gear – check out their site as Walter and Sherm wear this Trench but there are other alternatives too. Oh I would love a pair of snowshoes! I hope you get some fresh snow or I will send you some of our snow!

      • Jan K says:

        I know, you’ve been getting a lot of snow out there, haven’t you? Originally they were saying we were going to get rain again tonight, but now they’ve changed it to snow and we’re supposed to get 4-7 inches – yay!

        • SO MUCH SNOW! 🙂 But it’s not officially raining and thawing which is fantastic. Enjoy the powder with your pack 🙂 We had fun while it lasted. Well they had fun and I shoveled!

  14. Monika & Sam says:

    Surprisingly both my dogs love wearing coats in the dead of winter (they are not fans of any other clothing) and because our walks are usually fairly lengthy, I feel better they are protected. I know I want to stay warm, so it makes sense they do too! This one looks like a real winner! ?

    • I’m with you – our walks can be short at lunch but towards the end of the day I like to get out for a longer walk and I think they’re more comfortable with something substantial on. It’s a great coat — hope you’re well!

  15. Linda Szymoniak says:

    My dogs don’t like the cold weather any better than I do, so our favorite winter activity is curling up together on the couch with a good movie. However, they are dogs, and as such, do need to go outside. They love playing in the fresh snow, but all three of my rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds could really use a great dog coat like this!

    • Oh you live with Coonhounds!!! Pics please — as you can see I’m a huge hound dog mom and we rarely see Coonhounds in Portland and they are beautiful!

      • Linda Szymoniak says:

        I don’t see a way to upload a photo, but here’s a link to one of them on my Instagram page – The middle one is Seiji and he’s likely a mix, but Kyoko (top) and Kenji (bottom) appear to be pretty much pure. All three are rescues, so we have no way of knowing. I used to have two more, but lost my deaf girl, Ran, two years ago from an autoimmune disorder (she was only five) and exactly one year later lost my old girl, Suki (she was over 15).

        • Oh I was already following you on Instagram! You know, I always think Sherm is Beagle/Basset but now I think he’s part Coonhound. Your three are stunning – so glad you flagged your IG channel for me. Sorry about your sweet girls Suki and Ran. I lost my hound mix Sandola to an auto immune disease as well called Thrombocytopenia. Thanks so much for sending this!

          • Linda Szymoniak says:

            I’d have pegged Sherm as a Beagle/Basset – don’t really see the legginess of a Coonhound. They’re all related, though, and have some traits in common (howling, etc.). I had my own rescue for a while and one of the first dogs I pulled was Coonhound/Basset and she was taller and a bit more slender. I’m a real sucker for the hounds, and as I get older and am not able to handle the strength and size of the Coonhounds, I’ll likely have Beagles again. I’ve had a couple, including the dog I grew up with. I love all dogs, but the hounds just fit my personality the best.

          • Yea – he totally looks and acts like a Beagle/Basset and isn’t nearly as tall as your guys! I’m SUCH a sucker – and cannot imagine having another breed or breed mix in my life. Prior to these guys we lived with a Basset/Lab mix which is why I’m hooked I think. Beagles are so sweet and they’re small so way easier to manage… I look forward to more of your pics!!

  16. Shelley P says:

    Sounds like a great coat! I love that it has the added fleece to keep your dog warm and is water and windproof! With all the snow we got here in Oregon we had enough to make the dogs a snow maze in the backyard 🙂 The dogs had a blast running through all the snow paths! It was our favorite thing to do with all this snow 🙂

  17. Beth says:

    This sounds like a great coat for rainy days and wet snowy days. Theo appreciates his soft warm Teckelklub fleece on chilly days. I wonder if he would hate the rain less if he had a trench coat too.

  18. That looks SO cozy! We don’t have snow where we live in AZ, but since my dogs are small, they still get super cold when the temperatures drop. I always have sweaters and fleece coats handy for them.

  19. molly says:

    We love going for short walks in the snow! Then I let them run around the yard before warming up by the fire.

  20. Our absolute favoritest dog coat? Teckelklub! Hands or ‘paws’ down – they are so warm, cozy and tough (and withstand our doggy play so well)! Great review – thank you!

  21. I like the coats. they look cosy and look as though they fit very well.

    Good luck entrants to the giveaway!

  22. That looks like a really nice coat! We are fans of coats and sweaters. I love the jean material, very snazzy.

  23. This coat looks cozy, and it does look great for layering. My short-haired dogs don’t like the cold too much, but they recently enjoyed a long romp in the park with long lines. There was hardly anyone around because it was slushy and muddy, but they didn’t actually seem to mind.

  24. Sadie says:

    Brrrrrrrr, yes indeed it is COLD! We even have to resort to boots! That I’d a dapper looking coat. The blue suits Sherman’s colouring.

  25. This looks like a great product for those with dogs who live in colder climates.

  26. We dont have snow here in Mumbai but winter this year has been real cold on some nights. Most dogs here are seen in coats. Those treanch coats look pretty snug and trendy

  27. That is such a stylish coat – looks comfy and warm too. Kilo is not a fan of cold weather although he does seem to get great satisfaction peeing on fresh white snow. He hates wearing clothes and so he does have a comfy little jacket for extreme cold but we tend to just do more shorter walks and lots more indoor games and running around.

    • Thank you so much! My dogs also love peeing on the snow — it has become their all time FAV hobby this week. We’ve been doing a lot of indoor games with old Bruisy as these temps are so hard on his feet even with boots which he hates to wear…. I bet Kilo looks super cute in his jacket!

  28. Kia says:

    Great Winter tips! The coat looks great and sounds very useful for a cold Winter!

  29. Kim says:

    Never heard of this brand before. This coat looks great

  30. Carol Bryant says:

    I dress my dog up year round and he has a bunch of coats for winter. I like the way you gave us all the nuances of this jacket and why it would work for my dog. I am going to check the site out and I will let you know if I get one!

    • Thank you so much – it’s a really great brand I stumbled upon years ago. The custom fit has been awesome for the doxies especially. Dexter would look fabulous in a Fuzzie!

  31. Lisa Friend says:

    Love this trench coat. My little Bowser loves his coats and sweaters.

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  33. Melody says:

    Running through the snow

  34. Michelle B says:

    I love running in the snow with my dogs! They love going on runs!

  35. Donna Kellogg says:

    We take our walks then come home and Cuddle on the couch under a throw blanket.