Owning a pooch is a big responsibility. Their health, nutrition, walkies and playtime is all in your capable hands - oh, and keeping them looking absolutely adorable of course.
When you think about how they’re looking on the outside, the first thing that probably comes to mind is what pooch-iful outfit you can adorn them in. But before you go ahead filling their wardrobe with statement pieces, it’s really important you consider how they feel when wearing them.
Their safety and wellbeing must always come first, so we’re here to help you spot the signs of whether your pooch is happy or not.
There’s a big difference between dressing your dog up for vanity, and necessity.
We’re not saying it’s wrong to want to dress them up in those cute fancy-dress outfits - but you may need to reconsider pursuing it if they’re visibly distressed.
On the other hand, if it’s freezing cold outside and you have a small, short-haired breed who hates wearing warm clothes (but it’s in their best interest to) - this is where building up their confidence to do so is important.
Simply put, it’s up to you as a dog owner to make the right choice for them, based on what you see and know.
So, you’ve got their fancy-dress outfit/jumper/coat/whatever-else-you-want-to-dress-them-in at the ready.
You need to make them feel as comfortable as possible, and work through the below steps slowly:
At this point, you need to closely watch their behaviour and check for any signs of discomfort or distress.
If your dog doesn’t like wearing their clothes - you might not be able to tell immediately. Keep a close watch on your pooch to spot any signs of upset. These are some of the things to look out for:
You know your fur baby better than anyone - so you’re likely to be able to tell pretty quickly if they’re not happy. If you notice any of the above, you should take their clothes off straight away.
If you need to get them into clothes for their health and wellbeing (e.g. they’ve had an operation and need to wear a vest, it’s cold outside which could cause illness etc.) then it might be worth trying again.
Here are some top tips:
If clothes just aren’t your pooch’s forte, but you’re looking to create some cute pet content for Instagram - there are plenty of other things you can do!
You could use props and create a seasonal scene for your dog to pose amongst, use a social ‘filter’ so you can visualise how they’d look in the real thing, or dress them in accessories (which are much less obtrusive) - such as a bandana, decorative harness, collar, collar charm, or bow tie.