How to cool your dog with the Siccaro drying suit

With an absorbency of over 7 times its own weight in water, our drysuits are the leaders in the world in terms of absorbency. It is super practical when the dog is wet and cold, and you want to see that it gets dry and warm as quickly as possible. But you can actually also use the Siccaro drying suits the other way around – namely to cool the dog down.

Since the Wet2Dry material in the dry suits absorbs and holds as much water as it does, it is easy to use on the dog even in warm weather. Watch the video here for a step-by-step guide on using your Siccaro blanket as a cooling blanket.

The method is simple:

1. Wet the drysuit in cold water

The first step is, of course, to get the suit wet. Since you want to cool the dog, it is best to use cold water. The easiest thing is if you have a bucket big enough to put the drying suit in. You pour the water in first and then soak the blanket for 10-15 seconds.

2. Wring out the excess water

When you take the blanket out of the bucket, it has absorbed a lot of liquid. So in order not to burden the dog with a blanket that is too heavy, it is best if you just wring out the worst excess water. It is easiest to do outdoors or in the bath/shower, so you avoid spilling water all over the floor.

3. Put the blanket on the dog - but for a maximum of 30 minutes

Now you are ready to give the dog its cooling blanket! The soaked dry suit cools the dog down, but in hot weather the water naturally evaporates again after some time. Exactly how long the dog must keep the blanket on depends on what the weather is like. On the very sunny days it can go fairly quickly, so we always recommend taking the cover off a maximum of 30 minutes afterwards. Then you are sure that your dog will not end up getting too hot again.

Our customers are behind the idea – and won bronze!

The idea of using the drysuits to cool with, instead of just to dry with, actually came from some of our first customers. It was the Danish IWT national team, which was sent to the Czech Republic in 2015, that decided to try it out. The weather was incredibly hot and the dogs were not used to the heat. To help their dogs cool down and avoid overheating, they came up with the idea of soaking the suits in cold water and thus cooling the dogs down with them on during the breaks. They ended up with a nice 3rd place and a bronze medal - and reported back to us excitedly!

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