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Dressing up your dog is always fun. Whether it is to make a fashion statement or to protect him from the harsh weather, it is guaranteed to be an enjoyable experience. With Halloween right around the corner, dressing up your dog has become a constant question. Should you do it? Will he enjoy it? Is it safe? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you go garment shopping.
- Just because your dog is covered in fur doesn’t mean that their comfort levels aren’t affected by the fabric. Always choose high-quality fabrics like cotton, knits, fleece, and blends. They will be more comfortable for your dog and also last longer. Sweaters, shirts, pajamas, raincoats, and T-shirts should be made from good quality fabric.
- The fabric of a specific garment should be chosen in accordance with your purpose for it. For example, if your purpose for clothing your dog is to protect him from the cold weather, then a fleece jacket seems like the best option. If you’re dressing him up to simply make a fashion statement, go for cotton. Cotton is lightweight and comfortable.
- Choosing the right size is very important. Dog clothes come in various sizes so this should be fairly easy. Make sure it’s not too tight or too loose. If they’re too loose, then your dog might trip. If they’re too tight, your dog is likely to feel suffocated.
- Write down his measurements and carry it with you when you go shopping, so as to limit mistakes.
- If you’re a proud owner of a large dog, then choose clothes specifically manufactured for the comfort of larger dogs.
- Dog clothes are usually really expensive so setting a budget is important.
- After a clear budget has been set, look for different outlets that sell doggy clothes that cater to your budget.
- Choose high-quality materials that last longer and have lower prices. These may be difficult to find but they’re there! Keep looking.
- Buy clothes that are simple to put on and remove. He won’t stay still for long!
- Make sure that his collar and harness also fits well with the clothes.
- Make sure the attire you choose doesn’t poke, causes itching, or make your dog uncomfortable in any way.
- Dogs tend to rip off buttons, ribbons, bows, beads, pockets etc. These are also at high risk of ending up in his stomach. So always be careful and buy clothes that are safe with no choking hazards.
- Don’t buy any garments with zippers as these are more likely to get stuck in your dog’s fur and cause pain.
- Buy clothes that are weather equipped. If you live in a place with a lot of snow, boy warm and cozy clothes to keep your dog comfortable.
- If you live in a rainy area, buy raincoats and boots that have reflective strips at the back so that vehicles will be able to spot your dog.