Clothes are a must-have for people, but what about animals? We all want to look our best, and dogs are no exception. A dog’s wardrobe is made up of things that protect them from the elements and dress them up in something trendy yet age appropriate.
This article features 15 clothing ideas for your pet that will be both fashionable and functional. No outfit would be complete without a bow tie!
1. Bow ties
Bow ties for dogs can be made from felt or leather. Whether it’s a collar on a dog who likes to roam the streets or just a collar that is purely decorative, the bow tie allows you to dress up your pet in something that will make them stand out from the crowd.
Besides helping to keep your dogs warm, they also protect their paws from hot asphalt and can be dyed and styled in many different colors. Going sockless can also prevent your dog from having cuts on their pads, which can cause an infection and leave you with several trips to the vet.
A dog collar is not only used to identify your dog as part of a group; it’s also used as protection, a fashion statement and a place to enjoy the company of your best friend. These collars can have bells attached that jingle when they’re around someone who’s approaching them from behind or if they are walked on a leash.
4. Fashionable Dog Toys
Playing fetch is a great way to bond with your dog, but playing fetch in the street can be dangerous as it gives your dog the opportunity to get into traffic or get hit by a car. So if your dog likes to play fetch, make sure you take them on walks where there is no chance of getting hit by a car or hurt by someone who doesn’t know how to interact with dogs safely.
5. Dog Slippers
While these might sound odd, they can be tied to your dog’s collar or placed in a small pouch that is attached to their harness when they’re not wearing them. Pretending your dog is a pedestrian can help them learn how to interact with other people, especially in busy areas such as the pet store where you might be asked for identification or out on walks where there are lots of people around who could potentially frighten your dog if your don’t have the appropriate equipment for their size.
6. Bows and Bandanas
Dogs can look great with bows in their hair, on their shoulders or around their necks. It’s important to keep your dog protected from the sun, so a bandana is a perfect fashion accessory that will keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
7. Dog Costumes
Dog costumes are also a fun way to dress up your pet for Halloween or just to make them more fashionable throughout the year. Because of allergies and religious interpretations, there are also other dogs who like to dress up as nuns, shepherds or even something as simple as a soldier’s uniform.
8. Tuxedos (or Any Formal Wear)
If your dog is well dressed for the occasion, it will help strengthen the social skills they need to be a well-adjusted member of society and become a fully polished member of the family. It’s important that they look great because their outfit choice will always be judged by people.
9. Doggy Jackets
A jacket is necessary for walks during the winter months and can help keep your dog warm even if they don’t like wearing sweaters. A jacket can also be used as a coat that a person wears, but it is designed to fit your dog’s body perfectly and help them enjoy outdoor activities in the cooler weather.
10. Shoes for Dogs
Even though you might see dogs stumbling through the forest wearing shoes, they’re not really meant to walk long distances like humans do. They are, however, good for short walks around town or in the backyard, as an alternative to a leash that is used to walk them around the house.
A dog raincoat will not only help keep your dog dry, it will also protect their skin from getting irritated by the rain or even hot asphalt.
12. Dog Sweaters
Just like people, dogs will get cold in the winter months and could use a sweater to keep them warm. Just make sure you know your dog’s size when it comes to buying clothes for them because they are not all the same size and the wrong-sized sweater can be irritating to their skin or even prevent them from breathing properly because it’s too heavy.
13. Dog Hats
A hat is used to keep your dog’s head warm in the winter months and prevent them from getting sunburned or overheated in the summer. For long walks, it can also help protect their face and eyes from debris thrown up by passing cars that could hurt their eyes if they were to get hit.
14. Dog Scarves
An alternative to a dog coat, a scarf can be used for pampering your pet or keeping them warm in the winter. The best thing about a scarf is that it’s one of those pieces of clothing that can be worn with any sort of outfit as well.
15. Dog Leg Warmers
As another alternative to a real winter coat, leg warmers can be used for keeping your dog warm in colder months at home or in public places where there are less people around to protect them from the elements.
Dog clothes are a great way to match your pet with your fashion sense. They can even help your pet be more comfortable throughout the year and protect them from the elements. No one says you have to go overboard when matching their clothes with yours, but sometimes it’s just nice to see that you can express yourself by dressing up your dog too!
Clothing is more common than people think, and some clothes are actually designed with dogs in mind. Although most people don’t have a pet that they want to dress up, there are several places online that will help you find the perfect outfit for your beloved four-legged friend.