Dog Safety: Should You Dress up Your Dog This Winter?

Dog Safety: Should You Dress up Your Dog This Winter?

Now that winter has arrived, you may want to dress up your dog so that they stay warm and cozy when they go outside.


After all, if you have a fur baby, as a responsible parent, you should want what’s best for them. However, dog clothing has been a bit of a controversial subject among pet owners. Some believe that their pup is naturally equipped with a thick coat, but it’s important to remember that not all breeds are the same. Is your pooch shivering each time you take them out for a walk? This is a clear indication that there’s nothing wrong with playing a little dress-up. 


Stay tuned to find out more about dog clothes and appropriate dog clothing etiquette for this winter season and beyond. 


Why Your Dog May Not Like Clothes (At First)

Something you may notice when you try to dress up your pup with a coat, or even a dainty sweater, is that they may not be too crazy about it. Yes, you may have put in a lot of effort to select something cute and stylish for them, but it may make them feel uncomfortable—especially if it’s their first time bundling up! Remember, some dogs may act up if you try putting clothes on them because it’s not a natural thing for them. Sadly, some dogs see wearing clothes as a form of punishment. 

Why Your Dog May Not Like Clothes (At First)

 

The secret to making your pup want to wear a fancy coat or knitted sweater in the winter is to give them a bit of encouragement. We recommend getting them used to the idea of dressing up by giving them a treat each time they cooperate, which can help train them better. 


However, be aware that some dogs will never warm up to the idea of wearing warm clothes—and that’s ok, too! It’s best to do a test run while you’re at home before allowing your dog to make their street debut with clothes on. If you notice your pooch freezing in place, take that as a cry for help; your pet may not appreciate their newly-found wardrobe. 


Still, some dogs welcome wearing clothes! It’s important to choose comfort over looks. 


Make Your Dog’s Comfort Your Main Priority

If you dress up your dog and they enjoy it, it can be tempting to want to adorn them in the most adorable clothes you find. Cute doesn’t always mean comfortable, however, and you should dress up your pooch according to your area’s weather. For example, if you live in a region where rain is a common occurrence, consider dressing up your furry friend in waterproof clothes. 


Additionally, be sure to check the lining on the inside of their coats and sweaters. Ensure that the fabric doesn’t rub up against your pup’s fur, as it can lead to unpleasant consequences, such as an allergic reaction. The following symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction:


  • Sneezing
  • Repeated itching
  • Hives
  • Swelling in the face, ears, lips, earflaps, or eyelids
  • Red and inflamed skin
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your fur baby begins to exhibit the above symptoms, you must take them to the vet immediately. 

Make Your Dog’s Comfort Your Main Priority