Dog clothing has many benefits, in many different situations. If you’re unsure as to whether or not your dog could use a new wardrobe, read on!
Many dogs may not have adequately thick coats to spend significant time outdoors comfortably. Just as we are indoors most of the time, so are the majority of dogs. So, as we put on extra clothing to go outside, our dogs might enjoy the same, too. Dog coats, which are available in many different fabrics, including waterproof, and linings, could be the perfect solution for a blustery day.
Rain gear will keep your dog dry in the monsoons when you are out with him strolling; dog boots will help to protect his feet from hot, rough pavement. Dog sweaters can be perfect for adding snuggly warmth to an elderly or sick friend.
There are other advantages to clothing, as well. For itchy dogs, or ones with allergies, a dog shirt can make the skin less accessible, reducing chewing, licking and scratching. They can also provide a barrier between the allergens and the dog’s skin, which may reduce symptoms. Also, for humans who are allergic to dogs, a shirt traps some of the dander that irritates allergies, and allows it to be washed away, instead of spread on floors and furniture.
Having a blanket that’s specifically for your dog keeps them comfortable by having something around (even in unfamiliar places) that has their own scent on it. They can curl up and take a nap, you can spread it across your car seat to protect it from fur and dirt, and soon it will be your dog’s most beloved accessory.
No pet enjoys being over-cooled, over-heated, or just plain filthy. Outerwear – jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters – work effectively to conserve your dog’s body heat. If she runs in brush, outerwear will help prevent mosquito and spider bites, and repel fleas and ticks. If your dog is treated with a flea and tick topical that repels, these pests seldom come near. Outerwear will also help keep burrs and thistles out of her coat to simplify grooming.
Your dog does not sweat through her skin. Instead, he pants and releases heat through his paws and nose. If your dog is outside, light protective clothing, like cotton jersey, can help cool her by reflecting the hot rays of the sun, and also help prevent sunburn.In the damp monsoons or during winter, an added layer of protection can make all the difference. A lightweight sweatshirt, sweater, or coat is the perfect warm-up.
Dogs readily accept and appreciate clothing. Offering treats will reinforce and speed cooperation. Also, to avoid problems, never mock your dog verbally when he is clothed. If you do, he won’t understand the words, but he will understand your tone.