There are a lot of mixed opinions regarding dogs in clothes, with many of those opinions leaning more toward the “don’t” side of the spectrum. However, though a vast majority of people — many of them dog owners — say it’s not OK to dress up Fido, does that mean you shouldn’t? The Dog People sheds some light on the issue.
No Harm, No Fowl
According to The Dog People, there is no harm in putting your pooch in clothes so long as doing so does not put his or her health at risk. When picking out clothes for your dog, there are several factors to consider, such as his or her normal body temperature, the temperature outside, and choking hazards. For instance, if it’s hot outside, it’s probably not a good idea to dress your pup in a cable knit sweater just because you think she looks cute in it. Likewise, don’t dress your pup in anything with small buttons or accessories on which he or she can chew and choke on. Also, though dog scarves are adorable, they’re not safe, as they could get caught on something and choke your furry friend.
When It’s Better To Don Doggy Attire
In many cases, the choice of whether or not to put your dog in dog clothes is just that — a choice. However, there are some instances when your pup’s safety and comfort outweigh your preferences. For instance, if your dog is small and has little fur, and if you live in a climate in which temperatures dip below what your pup is used to, you may want to consider dressing him or her up in a light sweater and even some booties.
We recently rescued a pup from Aruba. She was used to 90 degree weather and it was only in the 40’s and 50’s when she arrived. We had to dress her up in a little hoodie or sweater to keep her warm. Now that’s she acclimated to New England weather, she’s happy to run around with just her collar.
Lighter, smaller, and less furry breeds are often comfortable in lightweight sweaters in the fall and heavier jackets it the winter. The same is true for dogs with fresh haircuts or who are sick and/or aging. Bear in mind though that if your dog is a cold-climate dog, you may accidentally cause him or her to overheat if you slip a sweater on him or her when temperatures drop. This is because breeds made for the cold have an extra layer of insulating fur to keep them warm in harsh climates.
Booties, on the other hand, are always a good idea, especially if you regularly walk your dog during the winter. Cold sidewalks and snow can put your dog through unnecessary discomfort, while salt and other debris can get into your pup’s paws and cause infections. Booties can protect your pup’s feet from the elements.
Anxiety vests are also recommended for dogs of any size that suffer from anxiety. Anxiety vests provide a sense of comfort even when you aren’t physically around to soothe him or her.
A Few Other Good Reasons To Dress Up Your Pooch
Though the safety of your furry friend should be your foremost concern, it’s okay to want your pet to simply look cute. PetMD provides a few shallow yet valid reasons for wanting to dress up your pet.
For one, dressing up your pet helps showcase his or her personality. People use clothes to make a statement, so why should dogs not be able to do the same? Whether your canine is tough as nails, sassy yet classy, or shy and timid, have him or her dress the part.
Putting your pup in a glittery tutu or wrapping her in a wool shawl is a guaranteed way to make your dog the center of attention. If your dog loves all eyes on her, she needs a vibrant wardrobe.
Finally, think of the photo opportunities dog clothes can provide you with. If you want to make fun memories with your furry family member, invest in some quality clothes for him or her.
Dressing up dogs isn’t for everyone. However, if you’ve always been on the fence about it, consider investing in an outfit or two to determine if it’s for you.