Buying Dog Clothes

Buying Dog Clothes

We all love our canine friends and we also love to buy many things to pamper our dogs. One of many dog accessories that has become more popular over the years is dog clothing. Dog clothing went from a niche market, to a more acceptable position in recent years and there are many brands of dog clothes to choose from now.

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There are however still many people who ridicule or advocate against dog clothing. So let's set some things straight:

"A dog has fur so they do not need dog clothing." In fact, in many places during winter it can become so cold that many breeds (especially the smaller ones) require some sort of protection. A thick dog coat or dog sweater will really help. Put on some dog shoes to protect the dog's feet from frostbite and salt too!

"You are hurting the animal!" If a dog is hurt it will let you know. Dog clothing designers will design the clothes in such a way that it won't cause the dog any discomfort and so that the dog can move around freely. Some dogs will need getting used to the idea of clothing and positive reinforcement (treats) are recommended during the first times. If you have any sort of concerns regarding where and how you can utilize Handmade Dog Bandanas, you can contact us at the web site. Should your dog still show awkward behavior when wearing clothing after a couple tries, then maybe it is time to find a different size. Some dogs will refuse to wear clothing, please respect your dog's wishes and do not force it to wear clothing unless absolutely necessary.
Sizing

To ensure a correct fit it is important to measure the dog's sizes. Always check out the size chart and instructions when buying a new brand. Dog clothing sizes are not uniform and one brands Small can be another brands Medium. If the dog's measurement falls between two sizes, it is recommended choosing the larger size.

Neck measurements, also known as collar measurements should leave 1-2 cm of space between the neck and the measurement tape to avoid choking.

Chest measurements are taken behind the front legs and should leave 2-3 cm extra to ensure a comfy fit.

Length measurements are taken from the base of the neck till the base of the tail. You have to make sure the dog is standing on a straight surface and in an upright position when measuring.
Quality

Just as with any other purchase, try to read some reviews of the product and/or company. Do they deliver what they promise? Many dog clothes brands use very cheap fabric, don't be fooled by low priced items still promising high quality. Unless there is a clearance sale of course, then by all means shop till you drop!

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