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Dog Apparel - How to Select the Best Dog Apparel

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Dog Apparel…Strike a poise. Let's face it. Dressing up our dog is a fun thing to do. It can make us feel good and lots of dogs really like it! Some dog apparel can actually benefit our pets, keeping them warmer in winter, cooler in the summer, or safer such as with reflective running vest or life vests. But it's important that you never mock or ridicule your dog while the animal is wearing dog apparel. They may believe they've done something wrong, and will become resistant to being dressed. So what should you look for when buying dog apparel?

Some Dog Apparel Features to Consider

Whether it's for fun (Hawaiian shirt, hat, sunglasses), or for comfort and safety (sweater, paw protectors), you'll want to select dog apparel made from sturdy, lightweight fabrics that are easy to clean. Check the care labels carefully and make sure the dog apparel you buy isn't going to shrink, fade or wear excessively with normal washing. Check the seams and stitching for quality and durability.

The design, color and style of dog apparel are up to you—let's face it, your dog probably won't express a preference. Hats, sunglasses, shirts and more can add color, fun and style to your dog's next outing. Even dog apparel designed for safety, such as reflector vests and rain gear, can be stylish when the colors of the dog apparel are coordinated with your dog's coat.

Make sure the dog apparel fits comfortably, with no rubbing or chafing, especially in sensitive areas like the belly and under the arms. Unless your dog is wearing a ‘diaper' recommended by your veterinarian for bowel or bladder problems, the dog apparel should stop at the rib cage, allowing your dog to safely eliminate without soiling the apparel.

Also, it should be rather breathable materials if worn during the summer. Make sure your pet does not overheat when wearing dog apparel of any sort.
Dog Apparel Safety is Key

Because of the danger of getting snagged, or the tendency of other dogs to want to play ‘tug of war' with the dog apparel your dog may wear, you should never allow your pet to wear dog apparel unsupervised. To avoid potential problems, keep your dog on a leash when wearing dog apparel, or confined in your home, or fenced-in yard, under your direct supervision.

For further safety, avoid dog apparel that has ties or straps that might constrict your dog's breathing, or interfere with bowel or bladder function. And make sure that the dog apparel you choose can be pulled off easily in an emergency.

“Does This Dog Apparel Make Me Look Fat?”

The ideal dog apparel is lightweight and comfortable, with easy fastening snaps or straps. It is attractive, inoffensive, and designed with your dog's comfort and safety in mind. It's washable, durable, and won't easily show dirt. Well-fitted dog apparel is loose at the neck, and stops at the elbow, and at the rib cage, to allow your dog maximum freedom of movement. Dog apparel should allow your dog to ‘do his business' without getting soiled.

Have Fun

When choosing and using dog apparel, have fun. And let your dog be in on the fun, not the butt of the joke. Dressing alike, or in complimentary costumes on special occasions can be a great way to share good times with your best friend.

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