Dog Clothes

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dog Clothes - Dogs love any kind of attention you lavish them. So, Spike will wear his outfit - whether it's funny or ridiculous - as soon as he saw how happy it makes the owner. Spot will eat all the extra attention he gets from strangers. And Fifi might even want to Vogue for the camera.

Clothes shopping for dogs is very similar to shopping for baby clothes. Unless you go for practicality, cuteness is taken into account. And it's easy to do, remember that any dog wearing clothes looks pretty damn cute.

Options in dog clothes range from winter sweaters to football jerseys and summer tees. You can get a set of flannel PJ's to sleep or to shower after a terry robe. There's even a whole line of Harley clothes for your dog, complete with leather cap and studded collars. Dog costumes made for parties and holidays that are too sweet for words.

If you really want your gift to be a hit with admirers, accessorize. Try a designer dog collar and maybe a pair of cool sunglasses - they make them just for dogs. And I recently heard that leg warmers are made again.

Got a mischievous sense of humor? Make your baby look silly might be no-no, but good clean fun when it comes to dressing up the dog. There are some dog costume a truly creative out there that are good for a laugh or two.

Really there are only a few rules that you will need to remember when shopping for dog clothes:
One is that if a dog is an avid chewer, you should avoid buying anything tempting. Shiny buttons, fringe and feathers are examples that come to mind. An object that can easily be chewed off and swallowed is a choking hazard and can be trapped in the digestive tract of dogs.

Another rule is that every dog, no matter how tolerant, will be more comfortable wearing clothes that fit. Proper fit typically requires measuring from the dog's neck to the base of her tail for length. Most garment girth can be adjusted with velcro tabs, but still could be a problem with barrel-chested breed like a bulldog. Measurements are usually in inches.

Remember that the dog will never "diet down" into clothes that are too small, or - unless you're shopping for a puppy or a pregnant female - "grow into" items that are too big. (Sorry, Grandma.)

Oh, and one more thing - if you're handy with a sewing machine, you can create your own dog clothes creations. Just do not forget to include an opening for the dog to relieve himself. Do not laugh, it often happens!

Dog Clothes - Now, if you're shopping for your own dog, you're ready. But if you buy the clothes for another dog person, I have some tips for you.

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