We love our dogs, no question about it. We want them to be safe and comfortable, and protected from harm. We choose their food and treats carefully, walk and exercise them diligently, and get to know the vet as well as we know our own doctor. Choosing the right dog clothes is also an important element in our dogs' overall well-being.
Clothes can keep your dog warm and dry in winter and cool in summer. They can protect them from insect bites and scrapes, and protect their paws from injury and discomfort. They can even help keep your dog cleaner and reduce tangles.
Dog coats are not just for winter anymore. As the weather gets cooler, a lightweight jacket or sweater can help acclimatize your dog to the changing seasons. As the weather gets colder, a good coat can keep your dog warm and comfortable. When the weather starts to improve in Spring, a lighter coat can protect the dog from mosquito and spider bites, and keep his coat free of brambles and thistles. If the jacket is treated with an insect repellant powder or spray, fleas and ticks will stay away. If your dog runs through brush, a coat will help prevent cuts and scrapes from branches, and keep him clean.
Even in summer, a lightweight pullover in a light color can reflect sunlight and keep your dog cooler and prevent sunburn. At any time of year, the addition of some reflective material will keep your dog visible to drivers at night. A rain coat or slicker will keep your dog drier and happier.
A dog's paws are also at the mercy of the elements. A good pair of boots will keep his paws warm and dry when walking in snow or on ice. They'll also protect your dog's sensitive pads from salt that's been spread on sidewalks or streets. Boots will protect your dog's paws from debris along his path, whether it be glass or natural material like burrs which can become painfully lodged between his toes. In summer, a lightweight pair of boots will protect him from burning his paws on scorching sidewalks.
On cold winter nights while you snuggle under the covers, your dog may struggle to find some warmth. Older dogs, in particular, can be sensitive to the cold, but won’t stay under a blanket throughout the night. The solution is a pair of dog pajamas. Fitted with elasticized bands on all legs, pajamas keep the warmth in, making your dog far more comfortable. As a bonus, the pajamas help to reduce dog hair and dander in the house.
Dog clothes, dog costumes, dog apparel are all basically names for often cheap dog clothes that allows you to dress up your dog in a really cute way. You can usually find various items at a dog boutique, things like: jackets, bandanas, pajamas, bows, blankets, dresses, hats, vests, hoodies, socks, shirts, sweaters and more. You can also typically find clothing sorted by the dog type like big dog, small dog, yorkie, dachshund, pug, etc. There are a few great designer brand names out there if you really want to pamper your doggie like Zach and Zoey, Posh Puppy and many more.
While serving a useful purpose, the clothes you choose for your dog can be lighthearted as well. Dogs, like children, can look cute and adorable when dressed up. You can make a fashion statement while protecting your dog and keeping him comfortable. Make sure, however, that you don't laugh at the dog or make him the butt of jokes while he's dressed. Let him know how cute he looks, and he'll enjoy the clothes as much as you do.