Shopping for clothes for your dog can be just as exciting as shopping for clothes for yourself! There is an almost endless array of dog clothes to chose from, making searching for an outfit for any occasion or personality effortless. When shopping for dog clothing there are some basic things that you need to know. Below are some tips that you can use as a guide when shopping for your pet’s clothes.
The Size of Your Dog – Before your head to the store and break out your checkbook you need to be aware of the size of your dog. It is important that the clothes fit properly not only for the safety of your dog but because a dog in properly fitted clothing simply looks great. Buying small clothing for a small dog or large clothing for large dogs and expecting that it will fit perfectly is an incorrect assumption.
Clothing for dogs ranges from extra small to extra large. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you will be able to determine if a particular item of clothing will fit your pet by simply looking at it – this does not work! You will need to properly measure your dog in order to get the correct fit. Measure from the base of the neck (where the collar is) to the base of the tail. Then measure around the thickest part of the body usually at the chest. Take the measurements and the tape measure with you to the store.
The Temperament of Your Dog ?Your dog’s temperament is also an important factor in determining the type of?dog clothes?that you should purchase for your pet. This is because some dogs will be happy wearing a full outfit whereas other dogs will only like simpler outfits. Therefore ensure you are clear on what your dog likes before you make your purchase.
Fabrics ?Dog clothes come in a variety of fabrics. The best fabric to choose when purchasing clothes for your dog is cotton. Even jackets and raincoats use cotton lining to give your pet extra warmth. When it comes to fabric just make sure that it is suited for the climate where you live.
The Safety of Your Dog ?Think of Fluffy’s personality when you purchase his clothes. If Fluffy is a chewer, don’t buy items that are designed with sequins, feathers, buttons, charms and beads, because Fluffy will eat them! Make sure the items fit securely so the dog does not get hung-up?by a tree branch or on the fence.
When dogs like their clothes, they will strut their stuff??everyone will admire and want to pet him!