Dogs are—by well-known fact—the cutest thing on this Earth. Okay, so maybe that’s just my opinion. But still, dogs aren’t called (wo)man’s best friend without just cause. They are, by very nature, friendly, loyal, cuddly, and just downright cute. They help make our house a home, protecting it when we’re not around and warming it with their presence when we are. Countless studies have been done that show the benefits of owning a dog, and there can be little doubt they’re a positive influence in our lives. It only makes sense that we would try and show some appreciation for that.
There are many ways we express our appreciation for our four legged friends. The most common is through our everyday actions; playing with our pups, taking them for walks, belly scratches, and treats such as dog bones and biscuits. There’s also maintenance such as claw trims, brushing their hair and teeth, and giving them baths to make them comfortable and well cared for. And then there are those like me, who love dressing their dogs to the nines.
Dressing Dogs Delightfully
Some think the idea of dressing up your pooch a bit absurd. After all, they already have their fur coat to combat the climate. Also, they’re not conditioned to wear clothes, and quite often resist them at first. Well, here are the reasons I dress my dogs in adorable outfits, and why I think all dog owners should give it a try, at least once in a while.
• It’s practical
There are all sorts of dog coats, vests, gloves, etc. that are marketed as practical use for dogs. Between hunting, hiking, and cold weather activities dogs can benefit greatly from such clothing. It helps keep them warm, safe, and comfortable. So, there truly is a practical application of dog clothing.
• Dog outfits are cute
Let’s be honest. I’ve already touched upon it, but I’m going to say it again. Dog outfits are cute. They’re fun to wear, and with the proper conditioning, dogs themselves enjoy them. One of my lab/pit bull mixes, Abby, absolutely loves her sweatshirt. She knows when I grab it we’re going outside, likely for a walk, and she positively dances with excitement. Lately she’s even taken to wearing it around the house as well.
• Outfits make the dogs more approachable
I commonly receive compliments on my dog’s outerwear while out and about in town. I’ve noticed a real trend of people being friendlier and approaching my dogs consistently more often if they’re dressed. This is because not only do the dogs look cuter than normal, but they appear friendlier and more approachable.
• It adds holiday cheer
I love dressing my dogs up around holidays, especially Halloween. Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and having my dogs participate really helps add joy and cheer. My oldest dog, Maximus (Max for short) has a Dracula costume he’s been wearing every year since he was two years old. When he runs around the cape billows out behind him, and to this day Max galloping around with the cape flying behind him is the cutest thing he’s ever done.
It really does, as a dog owner, make me feel proud and closer with my dogs when I dress them up a bit. Even just a simple dog coat makes me feel as if I’m doing everything I can to make them part of the family, as well as expressing my gratitude for their love and loyalty. Dog outfits are a fun way to show appreciation and give your cuddly pup just a bit more cuteness, making him the life of the party. So go out today and try giving your dog an outfit that you both will grow to love!