Seriously? It rains sometimes. Or frequently, if you’re BusyBee and living in Seattle. We understand rain gear for dogs, especially those with short coats, no coats, or long coats that need to be protected from the rain, but we just can’t get behind the leash umbrella.
It’s not a coincidence that many temperament tests utilize umbrellas as a novel object. Many dogs are scared shitless of umbrellas, so yes, let’s strap one to the dog’s back and let the fun begin. Also, even if your dog isn’t afraid of the umbrella, that looks like possibly the most awkward walking arrangement ever. Either the dog is out in front and therefore not under the umbrella or the dog is close to you and you are constantly bumping in to it and being stabbed by the umbrella ribs. The third option, seen in the photograph above, isn’t exactly how we want to hold ourselves for several miles.
Our advice is invest in a raincoat, don’t be that weird recluse in the neighbourhood with a dog umbrella.