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!
|Massive flooding! Mr. N doesn’t know if he should walk or swim.|
|Wearing: Double Fleece by Gold Paw|
|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 by Gramercy Pets|
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?
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