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Finding a great outfit used to be tough, but the internet has exploded with dog-friendly garments in recent years. One of the very best places to purchase attire for your companion is Top Dog Apparel, which stocks dog clothes, accessories, and many other canine related items. By shopping there, you can get your dog ready for any occasion, and you’ll find a few ideas listed below…

Christmas

It’s Christmas day, and everyone is sitting around the tree wearing their novelty Christmas jumpers, excited about what’s to come. But spare a thought for little Fido, who has exactly the same collar on as usual, and isn’t sharing any of your Christmas joy. There’s no need to worry though, as there are plenty of festive ways to give your dog some Christmas spirit, with perhaps the best being a jumper all of their own!

There are loads of different designs you can choose from, ranging from traditional knitted patterns through to ones with humorous slogans, guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of everyone who sees them. Add to the dog jumper a bandana, or perhaps a festive collar, and your dog will look perfect on Christmas day. Why not even wrap them up, and let your dog tear the wrapping paper away?

Weddings

Dogs are part of your family, so they should definitely be involved in your big day. After all, they’re around you all the time, so why should they be sidelined on the most important day of your life? They can’t simply turn up looking scruffy though, so get them nicely groomed and styled, before then selecting from one of the many dog wedding outfits found online.

These wedding outfits come in many shapes and sizes, from smart tuxedos through to elegant flowing wedding dresses. Just don’t expect the dress to stay white for too long though, as they’ll definitely find a patch of mud to roll in at some point! Remember: these smart outfits can also be used for many other important events, such as birthdays and christenings, so keep them packed up safe after you’ve used them.

Bedtime

It might not be a particularly special occasion, however your dog should feel comfortable when it heads off to bed, ready to dream of chasing birds and eating piles of dog treats. This is why so many people invest in a great set of doggie pyjamas for their pooch, which are warm, comfortable, and really set your dog up for a great night of sleep.

It isn’t just pyjamas you can find for your dog though, as there are also loads of other pieces of clothing and accessories as well. For example, why not get a dog robe for your pet, so that it can unwind before heading to bed? Or maybe you could grab a brand new dog duvet or pillow, so your dog has the most comfortable sleep possible?

Out On the Town

If you like taking your dog into town with you, perhaps when you go for coffee with friends, then you really need to make sure they look the part. You don’t have to go as far as a complete outfit (although they do look great), but you should certainly grab yourself a sparkling new lead, and a collar they can be proud of. You can even find matching collar and lead sets, to make sure your dog is looking stunning!

For those really special days out, you can also add some bling to your dog’s look, simply by getting them some beautiful dog jewellery! You’ll find everything from tiaras through to hair clips, all of which are guaranteed to add a certain style to any canine companion. For the boys, you’ll also find adorable clip on bowties, so that they can look as smart as possible!

 

So, there you have it: loads of great ways you can make your dog look its absolute best. Your dog will love all the attention lavished on it when sporting such stunning attire, and you’ll also love the admiring looks you get when with your dog as well!

Should We Dress Our Dogs Up?

If you’ve ever spent any significant time on the Internet, chances are you’ve come across pictures of dogs dressed up as something adorable/terrifying.

The owners will often be the first to tell you that their dogs absolutely love being dressed up, but is it ever ok to parade your pooch around in one of these costumes?

Upon considering this question, I find myself torn. As a dog walker, I have a passion for pooches of all shapes and sizes, and some of them genuinely need an extra layer when we go out for walks. But it’s not an Elvis costume or Santa suit that I choose – it’s a dog jacket. Apart from a few smaller dogs that aren’t quite built to deal with the cold effectively, I generally find that very few dogs need a jacket, even in extreme weather. Dogs have evolved to regulate their body temperature in these conditions, and making them wear a jacket interferes with this regulatory system. Man’s best friend is tough as nails, and making them wear unnecessary layers of clothing can be detrimental to their survivalist instincts.

And it’s not just mild discomfort that a dressed up dog might experience; some experts have warned that it can have a similar effect to leaving them locked in a car without an open window, something that kills thousands of dogs every year. The RSPCA have further clarified the severity of unnecessarily giving dogs an extra layer of clothing by warning that owners who do so could be prosecuted for neglect, making it serious business.

But even if you’re taking care to only dress up your dog when you feel that they absolutely need the extra layer, there is another aspect to this argument that is rarely discussed – embarrassment.

 

There are claims that dressing dogs in extra clothing, even if it’s just a simple jacket, can actually be quite demeaning. I wasn’t totally convinced by this argument until I saw a huge Lurcher being paraded around in a fluffy poncho – his face definitely suggested embarrassment and discomfort.

The main argument that I hear from pet owners who dress their dogs up is that their pets ‘enjoy’ wearing the extra clothing. But in many ways, this could be even worse for the dog’s behaviour and development. Loving your dog is understandable, but ultimately they are pets and should be treated as so. Dogs that are dressed up by their owners tend to behave poorly because they aren’t treated like animals; they’re treated like spoilt kids. So don’t be surprised when they behave like a spoilt kid.

But despite my arguments, there are times when dressing up dogs is entirely appropriate. Family photos just aren’t the same without a dog in a bad sweater, and every dog should have at least one bad Halloween costume. Just make sure you take it off straight after they’re done posing in it, you don’t want them to overheat.

Dog clothing has become a huge industry in recent years, and an increasing number of owners have started dressing their dogs up on a regular basis. But whether you’re doing this for a laugh or you’re doing it because you genuinely believe they need the extra warmth, always consider their safety and feelings first.

 

 

Barbara owns Dog Walking Dunfermline (http://dogwalkingdunfermline.org.uk) a dog walking company based in Scotland.

Every dog owner wants great dog accessories for their furry friend, but sometimes we just don’t want to pay a massive amount for them. Shopping online, shopping clearance sales at the local pet shops, and even finding cute hand made items can still end up costing more than you really want to spend. Well, instead of spending a ton of money on little accessories for your favorite pooch, why not learn how to make some cute ones at home without spending any money? Here are three easy do-it-yourself ideas for cute dog accessories that you can easily pull off at home:

 

  1. Onesie T-Shirts: For those with smaller dogs or toy breeds, you love seeing them in cute little shirts and other dress up fun but those outfist can be expensive. So why not make your own out of some cute little onesies? You can easily take old or new onesies for babies and turn them into super cute dog shirts. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 onesie, needle and thread (or sewing machine), scissors, pencil or pen, and a ruler. Rule of thumb for these cute DIY shirts, if your dog weighs less than 15 pounds you will need a newborn size if they are 15 and above you will need the 0-3 months size, and if you have a 6 pound or under pooch, look for preemie sizes. Now, put the onesie on your dog with the graphic up on their back. Mark off where the bottom should be cut right about where their hips start, so nothing is in the way of them walking. Cut along that line, then sew a simple hem in that area of the onesie. Once your hem is done, so is your new dog shirt! It really is that easy!
  2. Snazzy Dog Collars: Oh don’t fall for those cute little blinged up collars at the pet store that cost $20 or more. You can easily make your own at home with just a few things and you’ll be able to totally customize it however you want! Here’s what you’ll need: a plain dog collar of your choice, different sized and colored rhinestones, hot glue gun, and tweezers. Now, you simply warm up the hot glue gun (which can be found at most larger discount stores for less than $10) and use the tweezers to hold the rhinestones as you put a small dot of hot glue on them. Place them on the collar where you want them to go with the tweezers and let dry. You can use strong craft glue for this, but hot glue will give and bend a bit more when the collar is bent around your dog’s neck. With this easy idea, you can make different collars for different times of the year or as your dog gets older.
  3. Costumes: Halloween and other holidays mean fun dress up times for your tiny dog but expensive items for you. Thank goodness there are thousands of different dog costume patterns out there that you can easily make at home! It is a bit harder to show you exactly how to do these all in one article, because there are so many different costumes out there. The great thing is that there are hundreds of free patterns that you can find all over the place for costumes like hot dogs, a shark eating your dog, a cowboy, and so on. Or with just a little bit of imagination at a thrift shop in the kid’s section, you can find some great ideas for the perfect dog costume for your little baby.

 

With just these three little ideas, you can easily cut out some of the biggest costs that come with dog accessories. Making your own collars, your own clothing, and your own costumes for your dog will not only help you save money, but it will help keep you up on the latest trends in dog accessories as well as your pooch looking as cute as possible.

Have you ever wondered what the well-dressed dog wears to bed? Sure, some dogs sleep au naturel in their fur, but some owners provide their dogs with fashionable night clothes. You can find pajamas, nightgowns, night shirts, robes, and a host of other bedtime clothing for your dog.

 

Pajamas

Doggy pajamas can range from styles that look like baby clothes to something a fashionista dog would wear. They can be made of flannel, fleece, and other soft materials for warmth and sometimes even come in “one-sies” or body suit styles to keep your dog warm all over his body while he sleeps. http://tinyurl.com/blk6uym Other pajamas are made of lighter material and would be good for summer wear. Pajamas come in all colors and styles so you might like to have several pajama outfits for your dog. They may feature cute applique images or other designs. More feminine pajamas can include ruffles and lace. http://tinyurl.com/c66wsk7

 

Nightgowns and night shirts

Nightgowns and night shirts for dogs usually look a little more “romantic” in style than pajamas. They have an old-fashioned appearance. The nightgowns are usually for female dogs and the night shirts are for male dogs. They can be made of various materials but often include some kind of poly/cotton blend to make them easy to wash. They often feature bows, rosettes, or embroidery and they are more elaborate in appearance than pajamas.

 

Robes

Yes, they even make robes for dogs. They are often made of a a heavier terry material so they will soak up water after you bathe your dog, but you can also wrap your dog up in a robe on cold nights to help him stay warm. http://tinyurl.com/c3vrz2z In some cases robes can even be customized so you can add your dog’s name to them. Very spiffy!

 

Tees

You can also put your dog in a tee or a thermal tee to keep him cozy while he sleeps. Tees come in all colors and are easy to find at most pet supply stores and online. Many of them have cute designs. Thermal tees are made to keep your doggy warm during the night and they typically come in fun colors and designs. http://tinyurl.com/cbfan44

 

Other nighttime accessories

Many places that sell night clothes for dogs will also sell dog beds, towels, and even collars, leashes, and harnesses that are made to match the clothes. You can sometimes find a clothing theme or color scheme that is used for dresses, hair bows, collars, leashes, and nighttime clothes. This makes it very easy to mix and match your dog’s clothes and other accessories. Plus, you can continue to add pieces as you find them which is nice for you and your dog. In some cases, you can even find toys that match your dog’s clothes.

 

Most night clothes for dogs come in sizes from x-small to x-large but you may need to measure your dog. Take measurements from the base of your dog’s neck to the root of the tail; around the ribcage right behind the elbows; and across the chest at the widest points. These measurements will usually give you the information you need to figure out what size to get.

 

Tips On Choosing Clothes for Your Dog

Dogs wear clothing for different reasons.  Some dogs need clothing such as sweaters or rain gear for functionality.  Toy breeds can become cold and need to wear extra cover to stay warm, or dogs might need  protection from the rain when you are walking them.  Other owners like to dress up their dogs for special occasions such as Halloween.  And some owners just like to have their dogs wear clothing because the dogs look cute and it’s fun.

 

There are lots of great outfits and costumes for dogs to wear.  You can usually find dog clothing available for sale in pet stores, from vendors online who sell dog supplies, and from some stores who specialize in selling dog clothing.

 

Tips for choosing your dog’s clothes

If you want to choose clothes for your dog, aside from the purpose of the clothes and your preferences about style, the most important consideration is getting the right size.  To get the right size clothes for you dog you will need to measure his length from neck to the base of the tail; his neck; and his chest circumference around his ribs (girth).  If you know these measurements you will be able to figure out the right size to get, no matter how the clothes are sized.

 

Your dog’s breed or weight measurements cannot give you enough detailed information to choose clothes, so knowing your dog’s actual measurements is always preferred.  Many dogs clothes come with the measurements of the clothes included so you should be able to tell if the clothes will fit your dog.

 

When choosing your dog’s clothes, the length is usually the most important measurement.  You will usually want the clothing to reach all the way to the base of your dog’s tail if you are selecting a sweater, coat, or dress for your dog.  If you are choosing a shirt, tee, or tank top, these items usually stop 2-3 inches before reaching the base of the tail for a proper fit.

 

If your dog’s measurements are between sizes, it’s generally best to choose a larger size.  This will give him more room inside the clothing and, if he should gain any weight, the clothes will still fit.  Some clothes can also shrink in the wash, especially if they are cotton.

 

When measuring your dog it’s best to use a fabric tape measure.  This is the same kind of tape measure a seamstress would use for measuring a person.  It is much easier to take your dog’s measurements with a fabric tape measure.  You can buy one at a hobby store or a fabric shop.  If you don’t have a fabric tape measure, you can use a piece of string or yard and measure it against a ruler.

 

Other tips

Most dogs don’t like clothes that are too confining or which have a lot of appendages or attachments.  This is particularly true of dogs who don’t wear clothing very often.  If you are choosing a Halloween costume for your dog, beware of costumes that have wings or other parts that flutter or flap.  They could frighten your dog or rip off.

 

And, of course, you should never allow your dog to chew on his clothing or accessories.  Keep a careful eye on your dog when he is wearing dog clothes, especially if the clothes have buttons, bows, hats, or other accessories that your dog might be tempted to eat.

 

Conclusion

Dogs can look incredibly cute when they wear dog clothes, and some dogs definitely need to wear clothes for practical reasons.  Keep these tips in mind and your dog’s clothes will always fit and look great.

 

Article by Nancy Cope – owner of the online dog boutique PamperedDogGifts.com where you can find all kinds of gifts for your pampered pup including designer dog apparel, bath and grooming supplies, gift baskets, toys, jewelry, gourmet treats and much more.

When winter comes some dogs may need to wear a jacket. Some people find it ridiculous to put clothing on a dog but the fact is there are some dogs that need to wear dog apparel. If a dog is small, older, sick, or has thin fur a doggie coat or sweater may be needed during the colder months to make sure that they are able to stay warm.

Humans usually do not go out in the winter months without a coat, jacket, or sweatshirt on because they do not want to get cold. Dogs do not have the option of being warm unless their owners take the time to keep them warm. There is dog apparel available at very reasonable prices. While not all owners will spend $100 on a dog coat for the Chihuahua there are some that will. There is no need to spend that much money though.

There is a lot of great dog apparel that can be found at pet supply shops and even super centers. The apparel serves the same purpose as the more expensive brands but costs a fraction of the price.

When choosing dog apparel it is important for someone to know the approximate size of their dog. They will need to know the length of their body, the size of their rib cage, and perhaps their weight. The staff at any of the pet supply store will be able to aid in the process of dog apparel selection. There are times when a dog has too large of arms or neck for the holes provided in the apparel and the merchandise will need to be returned.

Someone should make sure to find out the return policy on dog apparel from the store which they are purchasing to make sure that they can return the item if it does not fit properly.  Many stores will allow someone to have thirty days for a return