What Kind Of Dog Would Benefit From Clothing?
Being cold, wet and dirty is not nice for humans, but what about dogs? You might think that Fideo loves to go outside, roll around in the mud and wash off in the rain, but over time, as he gets older this might become problematic for him.
Some dogs will have problems adjusting to changing climates, new environments, different seasons and weather. If you find that your dog is lethargic during the winter, refuses to go outside, shivers even when he’s inside then it might be time to consider getting him an additional layer in the form of dog clothing – this also works in the heat as there are items designed to help keep dogs cool and prevent sunburn.
There are various situations that require dogs to have an additional layer or protection from the elements but there are also breeds of dogs, or dogs in certain situations that need clothing anyway. Dogs that fall under one or more of the following categories will probably benefit from an extra layer:
– Older/senior dogs
– Injured or recovering dogs
– Small dogs as they are closer to the ground and easily get wet
Dogs with thin or thinning coats
– Working dogs
Dogs living or working in extreme climates
What Kinds of Clothing Are There
In human fashion there is a wide and diverse series of clothing and accessories and it is becoming the case with dog clothing too. These are the types of items available to your dogs:
– Rain jackets
– Sleep wear
– Sports and reflective wear
– Life preservers for boating and water activities
What Are The Benefits?
Clothing for dogs provides many benefits. Rain jackets keep Fideo dry and warm while outside; sweaters and t-shirts help to keep him warm inside during the day, while sleepwear helps to keep him warm at night.
Boots will protect paws from extreme heat or cold and rough surfaces such as gravel and glass. These will take a lot of getting used to and your pet might outright refuse to wear them – you should never force your dog to wear something he doesn’t want to.
Sports and reflective wear help to keep your dog safe, especially at night time. If you and your dog are active at night then it is advisable to get a reflective orange jacket for Fideo so that drivers can see you both.
Although most dogs can swim on instinct it can be difficult and dangerous for them in rough water. If you like to take your dog out boating with you then consider a life preserver should anything go wrong.
How To Measure Your Dog
It is important to measure your pet in the right places to ensure that the clothing will fit properly and will not cause any problems in his movements. Below is a link to a video that will teach you how to measure your dog properly.
Sizing varies slightly between manufacturers but this is an approximate guide for measurements (in inches):
– Back: 7
– Neck: 5.5
– Chest: 12
– Back: 9
– Neck: 6.5
– Chest: 15
– Back: 13
– Neck: 8
– Chest: 19
– Back: 17
– Neck: 10
– Chest: 24
– Back: 20
– Neck: 13.5
– Chest: 29
When Fashion Ignores Functionality
As with any fashion there are items that ignore functionality and can inhibit movement. This is very bad for a dog’s sense of well-being and you should always ensure that the clothing item works with the shape of your dog’s body and does not prevent him from doing anything that he normally would be able to do.
You should also never force an item onto a dog if he is not willing. If your dog has never worn clothes before then there will probably be a little resistance as it is new to him but with positive reinforcement or treats and attention he should have no problem accepting his new clothes. However, there maybe times when your dog will outright refuse to wear an item and this should never be forced. It is important to respect your animal’s rights and only do things that they are comfortable doing and wearing.