Do dogs really need clothing? After all, don’t dogs come with their own coat of fur ready-made? Some people would even argue that it’s cruel. The RSPCA (an animal welfare charity in the UK) says that people who dress their dogs up could be prosecuted. As with most things in life, dressing your dog should be done with a healthy dose of common sense. If it’s 90 degrees out, your dog does not need to be wearing anything. Your Husky does not need a jacket. If your dog can’t move in their clothing, take it off!
|Wearing: Doggie Design.|
|Massive flooding! Mr. N doesn’t know if he should walk or swim.|
Wearing clothing can be beneficial to both humans and dogs in terms of keeping them (and their environment) clean. Less dirt means fewer baths. Because Mr. N is low to the ground and his hair is a magnet to attract all the things, a jacket helps ensure that he drags a minimal amount of the outdoors around with him. It’s also helpful when he decides that he wants to roll in something disgusting. The clothing gets the brunt of it.
|Wearing: Double Fleece by Gold Paw|
Visibility is key to keeping your dog safe during nighttime walks, hunting season and off-leash hikes. Mr. N is tan-colored and blends in with sand, dry grass, and dirt so I have him wear colorful clothing when he is off-leash so I can keep track of where he is roaming. He also has a visibility vest for walking in the dark and so he doesn’t get mistaken for a rabbit.
|Wearing: Sun Shield Tee by Gold Paw|
Clothing can help dogs with allergies by preventing them from licking, chewing and scratching and proving a barrier between them and allergens. It can also prevent dogs from getting sunburn or from bothering their incisions. Boots can save your dogs from having salt in their paws and walking on abrasive or hot surfaces. A cooling vest can help them cool off.
|Wearing: Cool Vest (no longer sold)|
Dressing your dog up for holiday and special occasions can be a fun way to include them in the festivities if the dog doesn’t mind. Pawing at the clothing or freezing in place is a sure sign that they want it off asap. If they are strongly opposed to clothes, you can still have them wear a decorative bandanna or a bow-tie. Mr. N basks in the additional attention he gets from wearing special outfits and will actually help me get him dressed and undressed. He is not fond of hats, however, and those are only worn for a minute or two at a time for a quick photo and he is rewarded heavily.
|Wearing: Pearls and Boa provided by photographer|
Does your dog wear clothes? Do you do it for fun or practical reasons? If your dog doesn’t, why not?