January 14th Is National Dress Up Your Pet Day

The creator of National Dress Up Your Pet Day stresses January 14th is not a day for humans to force pets to suffer humiliation or discomfort. (Picture Credit: Getty Images)

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Whether it’s a sharp sweater, a warm jacket, or yes, an adorable turtle costume, the majority of pup parents have played dress up with their four-legged friends. National Dress Up Your Pet Day on January 14th is the perfect day to celebrate your pet’s impeccable fashion sense.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day has been celebrated every January 14th since 2009, when the “howl-iday” was first created by leading pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige. Paige encourages pet owners to take time today to have fun with their dogs, cats, and critters by dressing them up in cute, safe outfits and pet costumes.

Don’t Make Your Pet Miserable

dog in a bow tie

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Dressing up should always be about bonding, says Paige, and should never be a miserable experience for the pet. National Dress Up Your Pet Day is a light-hearted, novelty day of celebration, and should stay that way; it’s not about forcing a dog or cat to suffer humiliation or discomfort for human amusement.

“It’s important to remember though, that it’s not, however, a day to disrespect our pets with uncomfortable, vulgar and/or seasonally inappropriate costumes for the sake of a laugh or photo shoot,” Paige writes on the event’s website.

Play It Safe

Garments should allow pets to see, hear, breathe, eat, and relieve themselves comfortably, and they should also be made of breathable material that prevents pets from overheating. Furthermore, clothing should fit properly and not have any parts and small pieces that pets can chew off and swallow.

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