January 14th is dress up your pet day and you may be thinking about dressing your pup up in a cute bow tie or a sweater. But before you dress your dog up as, step back and think about your pup and his or her personality. Does your dog have the right personality for costumes and gear? Will your dog enjoy the warmth that clothing may provide? Will your dog be miserable and unhappy or feel frightened?
Some of you may already know that your dog does or doesn’t like to wear clothes or costumes, but for those who are thinking of trying it for the first time, here’s a quick guide to see if it’s right for your dog and tips for how to celebrate this holiday in a safe way.
You Know Your Dog Best
Does your dog run up to greet guests in your home? Does your dog love going on walks, meeting new people, and running errands with you? You may have the kind of outgoing dog who would enjoy wearing matching hoodies with you on this chilly winter day.
Is your dog frightened by the doorbell? Does your dog run in fear when he or she hears a loud noise? Do sudden movements startle your pup? If your dog is shy, it’s better to leave the costumes to other people and pups, and just let your dog enjoy the day in all of his or her natural furry glory.
Give It A Try
If you’ve decided to give it a try and dress up your pup, take it slow. If your dog recoils or reacts fearfully to the sweater or hat or bow tie you’ve decided to try out, this tells you something. You’re not going to make a shy dog more friendly or outgoing by forcing human adornments on him or her. Your dog is just perfect the way he or she already is. Better take that doggie costume back to the store while the tags are still on and you can still get a refund.
Pick The Right Costume Or Clothing
If you have a shy dog avoid the costumes and go with something simple like a bow in the fur or maybe even a simple bow tie that attaches to the collar.
Never pick any costume that constricts/restricts/constrains your dogs movement or prevents him or her from going to the bathroom, eating, drinking or moving around.
Never put something on your dog that blocks or restricts his or her vision or interferes with their ability to do any of their usual doggie things.
Most important: Never leave a dog in a costume alone. You never know what can happen. A costume could get stuck and strangle a pet. It’s happened. Don’t let it happen to you. Play it safe. Get your pics and remove the costume or garment as soon as possible so your dog can get back to being a dog.
Have a happy and save Dress Up Your Pet Day!