Dogma: Should I Dress my Pet for Winter?

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You know your dog’s temperament better than anyone. If they have the patience and don’t mind an occasional fashion show, go for it! Many dogs enjoy the extra attention. There’s no right or wrong answer, as long as you’re not doing any harm. Then again, is your pet shy or sensitive? It’s probably not a great idea. If you do go for it, watch out for hazards. For example, a scarf could get wrapped too tightly or be tripped over. Keep in mind the comfort and well-being of your dog. Use your best judgment here.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
One reason for dressing up your pet: cold weather! For dogs with thin or light jackets of fur, the harsh cold of certain climates just isn’t manageable without a good coat or sweater. There’s a reason you see Chihuahuas bundled up for the cold more than, say, Newfoundlands. Smaller, lighter, and less furry breeds are sometimes more comfortable in a sweater, as well as dogs who are aging or sick. Dogs that are made for the cold have an extra layer of insulating fur built in. For them, too many layers could mean overheating, which is just as bad as getting a chill.

Booties
Other than being a pain in the butt to get on, booties were a lifesaver for our pup who dragged her paws in her old age. They also help in winter when salt is on the sidewalks. Sometimes just washing their paws after winter walks with a damp rag can help with salty paws.

Anxiety Vests for Dogs
Besides keeping your dog warm, clothing can also help with anxiety. The sense of security that comes from a snug-fitting vest like a Thundershirt can be soothing for anxious dogs. Next time there’s a thunderstorm in the forecast, or your town is planning a big fireworks show, try an anxiety vest or a tighter fitting t-shirt. It can make all the difference in ensuring that your dog feels safe and comforted.

If your dog will happily wear a hat for a quick photo to amuse you, that’s great. If your dog has a legitimate need to get dressed, go for it! If your dog is upset or uncomfortable in clothing, it’s better to pass.

Walking the Runway
Dressing your pooch can be fun and easy. Here is a $5.99 used women’s vest with some alterations. Now Luis is ready for the red carpet!

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