What is the first thought that comes to mind when you see a dog dressed in a pair of brown buttoned coats and multichromatic socks? Bizarre, right?
While many dog owners cherish dressing up their dogs, a few others believe that adorning a dog with fancy dresses is a needless act that threatens their health (some dresses are harmful to dogs’ heath).
So, is dressing up a dog really worth it? Is it something you should consider? Why should you dress up your pet? Here are four reasons why dressing up your pet may be a good choice after all.
- To help a nervous dog feel more secure.
Do you have a nervous pet? If yes, clothing him with a Thundershirt, a tighter fitting sweater, or doggy T-shirt may help him overcome his anxiety. The pressure created by such clothing is known to calm dogs’ nerves, making them feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Always remember, though, this doesn’t work for all pets. If your dog is nervous, introduce it to the item slowly. Do this when he is relaxed and follow up the wear with lots of tasty rewards.
- After surgery or sickness
Clothing has protective properties. They can protect your pets from the elements and things that may worsen their health. For instance, if your dog has a terrible skin condition, grass allergy, or an injury from an operation, covering his body with some clothes or a t-shirt can go a long way in stopping further irritation.
Mind you; this isn’t an effective solution to a skin condition or allergy. Ensure you contact your vet if the problem persists.
- To rep your favorite sports team.
Are you a sports enthusiast? Do you support Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, or the Chicago Red Bulls basketball team? If you support any of the teams, you want to support them or display your love for them by purchasing their sportswear. You might also want your pet to follow suit and don the pet sportswear of your favorite team. What better way to shout out to your favorite team than to adorn your pet with its colors.
- To protect your pet from the cold.
When the winter season arrives, we often don our thick coats to protect our bodies from the elements. Don’t you think you should protect your dog as well? Sure, they have fur. But during winter, when the temperature is at its lowest, their fur does little to protect them from the harsh cold.
Do you own a husky? Huskies are well-adapted to deal with the cold (they can tolerate cold temperatures as low as –75°F (-59°C). So, if you have one of these pets, clothing them during winter isn’t a must.
The idea of clothing your pet may seem weird at first. But when you adorn that pretty furry friend of yours with a nice pair of wool sweaters during winter, a nice brown pullover during an occasion, or a photo shoot, you’ll be wowed at the result. Mind you; not all pets enjoy the idea of being confined in clothing. So, before you introduce this to your pet, ensure they are ok with it.
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