Dog Clothing for Comfort and Protection
Choose appropriate apparel for the weather conditions and occasion. Just as
you have different clothes for different weather and activities, so should your
dog. Naturally, winter coats and parkas are better suited for walks on cold,
snowy days. Likewise, T-shirts and light sweaters are more appropriate for
strolls on warmer days and for indoor lounging. If you’re looking for an item
primarily to keep your pet dry and more comfortable while out and about on wet
days, choose clothing made of water-resistant materials. You can even choose
clothing for your dog that reflects light, ensuring that passing traffic can see
you, making those nighttime walks safer for you and your pet.
Dog Apparel for Fun and Fashion
Don’t overlook the fun side of doggie fashion. Clothes are a great way to
express your dog’s personality. You can choose from clothing designed to dress
up your dog for Halloween, or just for fun, to everyday clothing that makes a
statement about your sense of style. Clothing can also be used to pamper your
pooch, such as with a special robe for those after-bath leisure moments.
Choose the Right Dog Clothes
Whether the garment is for fun or function, its proper fit is important for
comfort. Clothes should not be so tight as to restrict movement or too loose to
create a hazard while walking. In addition to your dog’s measurements, take into
account your dog’s body shape. Consider whether your dog is heavier than
average, has a thick coat, or is wider through the chest to ensure a proper fit.
Most dog clothing is available in a variety of sizes to accommodate dogs of
various statures. However, that doesn’t mean that every item is appropriate for
every dog. Consider your dog’s temperament and common behaviors when
clothing. While frills and feathers may be cute, a very active dog or one with a
rambunctious personality might decide that such features are best as chew toys,
making such clothing a poor choice.
Also consider the size and breed of your dog when shopping. Clothing with
items like a scarf hanging in front might pose no problem for a large breed, but
may prove to be a tripping hazard and a challenge for a Dachshund’s short legs.
You know your dog’s personality and habits better than anyone, so be sure to
factor that into a clothing choice.
Dog clothing styles are virtually endless. They range from coats and jackets
to shirts and vests. They are made from a variety of materials including denim,
lightweight cotton knits, fleece, wool and faux fur. With such a wide selection,
you are sure to find the perfect outfit for your best friend.