Paw-parents know that giving your dog their own outfit for the day calls for an Instagram-worthy picture. Of course, there are many who would argue that it serves as a bane to the existence of your furry companions, but there’s no harm done if your dog’s temperament welcomes the occasional fashion show.
Not to mention, beyond looking cute and getting well-deserved, double-tapped hearts on social media, there are benefits to dressing up your furbabies from head-to-paw. That isn’t to say you can just grab any garment off-the-rack. It’s best to use your judgment and consider your dog’s comfort level when giving their look a glow-up.
If you’re wondering about the benefits behind clothing your pup, here’s the scoop:
1. Clothing Provides Extra Layers for Short-Coated Dogs
People need tons of extra layers once winter hits and the same protection applies for your dogs. Their fur may serve as a built-in jacket, but it may not be as effective once the temperature drops during the colder months, especially for short-coated dogs like French Bulldogs, Pitbulls, and Pugs.
It also helps small dogs like Chihuahuas and Yorkies keep warm as their small frame may not be enough to maintain their body heat. For senior dogs with arthritis it may comfort them as keeping them bundled up can soothe their joints, which mitigates discomfort and aches.
Putting on a sweater doesn’t just make your pup look chic in winter, it shields their body from the low temperatures and biting wind. Adding some comfortable and well-fitting dog boots can also ensure their paws are safe from the freezing ground.
2. Clothing Keeps Your House Free From Excess Dog Hair
Being a paw-parent yourself, you’re likely familiar with fur bunnies collecting everywhere your pup goes. It can be tiring to constantly sweep away excess shedding, especially in long-haired dogs, which is where dog apparel comes into play.
Dressing up your dogs is a sure-fire way of reducing the amount of fur sticking to your couch, carpet, clothes, car interiors, and more. High-quality garments that are lined with fleece are especially effective in keeping your furry friend’s hair away from your stuff.
3. Clothing Can Help Calm Down Anxious Dogs
Dog apparel isn’t just meant to include your pets in the fashion world’s growing trends. Anxiety vests are carefully crafted to ease anxiety for nervous dogs. The fitting vest can keep your furbabies snug, providing a sense of security that helps soothe jittery dogs during a storm, or to comfort them once the New Year fireworks begin.
The Key Takeaway
Many people believe that you shouldn't make your dog wear cloths. After all, they are different from people, so it’s easy to believe that there are no reasons to dress up your pup. As mentioned above, dog apparel is not just designed to turn your dog into another fashion statement.
Dog clothing is created to provide comfort during their times of need, be it to give an extra layer of warmth, to shield their skin from the direct heat of the sun, or ease anxieties by keeping them snug. As with all things, it's important to ensure your dog is comfortable and happy, so you should monitor your dog's body language whilst they are wearing clothes.
There you have it, 3 Reasons Your Dog Should Wear Clothes. If you have some further suggestions or ideas, let us know in the comments below!
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