Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Practicalities of Dog Clothes


I've written about this in the past, and yet I still don't have a conclusion to my internal debate of whether or not dog clothes are worth purchasing. I admit, we treat our dog like a person some times. Most of the clothes we buy are good quality and design, but I often wonder if I'm buying it just for our sake, or does a sweater really help the dog in the winter. Other clothes, like his polo shirt, help dress him up and give him a personality. But, it only gives him a personality in the human sake. Does another dog come up to my pup and think, "what a great dresser. I love the outfit!?" Somehow I highly doubt it!


But if dressing the dog in clothes doesn't do any harm, and in the people sense it bring joy to our lives, then I guess, why the heck not put on a shirt? Besides of course the costs of such items.


So, here we have the shirt. Then comes the whole problem of size. I have enough problems buying clothes that fit me properly, and now here I am trying to decide if my dog needs a medium or a large. Another problem with the clothing is how it is cut. We bought a sweater made for a dog, but it covered his privates...which of course I realized the hard way, when my dog lifted his leg and essentially peed his pants.


Another issue is where, or even if, there is a hole cut out so that we can put the sweater/shirt on him over his harness, and still be able to clip his leash on through the cut out in the shirt. Some don't have the cut out, some are just in places that don't work out too well.


A lot of whether it is practical for a dog to wear clothing depends on the type of dog, and if the pet is patient enough to let you put the clothing on him in the first place.I'm also amazed at how the market for pet clothes continues to grow. A big retail clothing chain meant for humans has a little section for dog clothes. There are pet boutiques and specialty stores. I was in Atlantic City and saw specialty pet shops in the casino. It's a huge market which keeps growing. And, I'm guilty of participating in the market!

14 comments:

jan said...

With all the things we do for our dogs, I think the least they can do for us is to look cute in clothes and give us some amusement.

Anonymous said...

Is it practical? Not really. Is it fun? Yes, definitely. For those of us, like myself, who do not have children yet, my dogs are my babies. In fact, most of my friends and family also think of them as my babies, and so when they venture out with me in those cute outfits the amusement others show, and the laughs we can have over how adorable they look is what makes it fun. My dogs don't seem to mind wearing the clothes, and most times I can find them at reasonable prices, so why not?! By the way, the sweater you posted is super cute!

Jennie Garth said...

For many of us, our dogs are our babies and we treat them accordingly. We want them to look cute and adorable both for personal amusement as well as making us feel good. Although dog cloths are often expensive, the extra dollar spent on them is worth it, as they look trendy and up to date with the latest trends. The Pet Network http://www.mypetnetwork.tv/node/1217 , allows pet owners to see the latest trends in the doggie world whether its cloths, shoes or bling! Explore all the possibilities available through the Pet Fashion Show.

LB said...

It's so important that pet gear does more than just "look cute". One company that has that mantra down pat is Draper Canine Therapy, based out of Massachusetts. They have a line of doggie beds, blankets and jackets that offer therapeutic benefits. They help relieve soreness, stiffness and swelling, and help to increase energy and accelerate muscle recovery after exertion. For anyone who thinks this might be a good match for their dog, their web site address is www.drapercaninetherapy.com

Hope this helps!

Timothy said...

my dog is a 4 onth old chihuahua. she gets cold both inside and outside easily. if she is already cold there is no problem getting her to cooperate with dressing her in her shirts, but if it is cold outside and i try to put her shirt on before we leave, she puts up a struggle. once it is on, she does fine. any hints on how to get her to cooperate in the "dressing room?"

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