It is cold outside, and you want to keep your furry friend warm. Unfortunately, if your dog is anything like mine, they are not fans of being swaddled in blankets or wearing sweaters. To get around that problem, I found the best way to keep them cozy on these frigid days is by wrapping them up in their doggy blanket!
When my family wanted our pup Millie to be comfortable while we visited some friends’ houses, she would always try and jump out of her crate when we got there. We finally figured out that she didn’t want to be locked in her crate but was more scared of being out with all the new people.
We are firm believers that dogs are pack animals, so they need a leader or feel they have to take charge themselves. This blog post will show you how to wrap a dog in a blanket.
Step to Follow on How to Wrap a Dog in a Blanket
Step One: Determine
First, before you even begin to wrap a dog in a blanket, you have to determine the size of the dog. This is especially important if it is a squirmy dog who will not allow himself to be wrapped. If this is the case, he might require two people on his head and one on his tail.
It’s also important to keep in mind whether the animal is a large breed or small. This will be helpful in terms of knowing how far and wide you should stretch the fabric, so he doesn’t slip right out. Furthermore, you have to consider that not all dogs think this is as amusing as others might.
If it’s a dog who gets anxious or nervous, he might not be so keen on the idea of being wrapped. If this is the case, it might be best to refrain from attempting this. It’s also important to consider how often you will be doing this, as well. If it is just once in a while, you don’t want to spend the money buying the fabric.
Step Two: Cut the Fabric
The next step in wrapping a dog in a blanket is to cut the fabric to cover the entire body. If you have a small breed, you might need about three or four yards of fabric. If you have a larger dog who tends to wiggle and squirm when wrapped, then you’ll want more like five or six yards of fabric.
When you start, make sure that the length of the fabric extends about twelve inches past the dog’s head and tail. This will give you a starting point for wrapping. Of course, you can always cut the excess fabric off afterward, but it’s helpful to have a little extra when you’re first starting.
If you are wrapping a dog that doesn’t want to be covered, it might be helpful to have someone help you. One person should sit on the animal’s back end, with their legs extended backward so that his tail is held between their feet. This will allow for easier access to the fabric.
Step Three: Wrap
After you have determined the size of your dog and cut your fabric, it’s time to start wrapping! First, find the starting point closest to your animal’s head and wrap it diagonally across his back. Then, bring it around his neck so that you are holding both ends in front of him.
Take one end in each hand and pull them tight to cinch it around him. There will come the point where the fabric is too short to continue wrapping, so lift his leg closest to you and create a little pocket underneath him with the excess fabric. Keep wrapping like this, under the belly and around to the back end.
After you have wrapped one side, please take a moment to attach it with Velcro or another fastener so that there is no danger of it coming undone when your dog moves around. Then, switch sides and repeat the process until you have fully wrapped your dog in a blanket.
Step Four: Measure
In order to get an accurate measurement of how much fabric you will need for each leg of the wrap, take a tape measure and start at the base of his tail all the way up to his shoulder blades. Write this measurement down and repeat it on the other side. Do this a total of four times to get the full length from tail to shoulder blades.
Add at least 12 inches more to that number for safety measures, as well as an additional two yards if you’re wrapping a larger dog. For example, if your measurements show that your dog is 30 inches long, you will need at least 32 yards of fabric. If it’s a bigger dog that measures 40 inches long, then you’ll want to get about 44 yards of fabric.
Keep in mind the size of the breed when determining how much fabric to cut. Although this can be done with any breed, it works best for smaller dogs as they don’t have as much excess fabric that can feasibly be used. This will help in how to wrap a dog in a blanket.
Step Five: Make a Loop
To measure the proper amount of fabric, you will need to make a loop with one end and put it on your dog’s back. Once you find the right location for this loop, cut your fabric to be about twelve inches longer than where the loop ends. This will give you some room to work with once it’s time to attach Velcro.
Before attaching the loop, take time to sew two lines around the edges of this piece of fabric and across the short side opposite your loop. You can choose to sew a straight line around all four sides, or you can decide to decorate the fabric by sewing an interesting pattern.
The best way is by starting with one of their back legs and wrapping it around them like a towel. Next, pull the other leg over and then continue until they are completely wrapped up – like when you put clothes on as a child!
You can also do this step-by-step process using just two hands if that works better for you or if there’s someone else available to help out. And don’t forget about head holes! This blog post has given helpful advice on how to wrap a dog in a blanket.
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