iv always had big dogs and i never thought of putting clothes on them, but when i got my little bugg it was in the winter and he was so tiny and whenever id put the leash on him to go out hed start shaking before the door was open so i got him a little sweater and he loves it in the winter now i cant take him out without him pawing at his little coat. a lot of people say he doesnt like it and its mean but i dont keep him in clothes or anything? please tell me your opinion
My son just bought our dachshund a little sweater. She is four years old and never worn clothes in her life, but he had his own money and wanted to so... Now she gets so excited when he puts it on her. She just loves going on walks and she knows if she has it on she gets to go. I think its cute and as long as she doesn't mind I don't either. If the dog looks like they don't want it on or fight when you try to put it on thats one thing but if they like it I don't see the problem.
yea its not like i make him wear pjs or anything. i just hate it when people are all against it and say hes not a real dog lol and say im mean because hes a boy and stuff. it keeps him warm he looks cute and he doesnt mind at all he sits and puts him arms up. i thought people thought it was cruel or somthing.
Obviously if your little dog paws at his coat, he likes it, and if you live in the kind of climate I do (Canada) you definitely need a coat on a smaller dog. Don't worry about what other people say, this is your dog, and you know him, and what he does, and does'nt like. Does he put up a huge struggle when you put his coat on? Do what you think is right for your dog, and ignore the critisism.
I think putting clothes (and bows) every day on a dog to make it look cute, or to pick up girls (as a RL friend does with his cocker spaniel puppy) is stupid. I can see doing it as a costume for halloween and the like but that's about it.
That said, we live in a global world, and dogs breeds that were initially bred for warm climates and have thin skin and short fur, like greyhounds,, chihuahuas, basenjis, etc do not do well in extremely cold environments, and thus putting clothing on them to take them outside is more acceptable. Toy breeds are also very succeptible to cold as their bodies are too small to hold in body heat over an extended period of time.
That said.. I put on a thick coat and go outside during winter, and I shiver, but even though I am cold, I'm in no danger of getting frostbitten as long as I'm not outside for hours on end. From a physiological standpoint, shivering is the method by which a body uses muscular reflexes to generate body heat, so in reality, you want the dog to be shivering when it's cold. That's what is helping keep it warm.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
My Frenchies will not wear clothes. Period. I tried to put little t-shirts on them once and they just sat in one spot and refused to move. The look on their faces was of obvious misery. So i took off the clothes, gave them a smooch and a treat, and all was forgiven. That was the end of anymore clothing episodes. lol
If you want to dress your dog, and the dog has no issues, then go for it. Mine just were not into it at all.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
IMO i dont like when people dress there dogs up. BUT if its to keep them warm because tey dont have the right coat for winter i am okay with it. but if a dog does not want to waer something and the owner makes them, i find that wrong. But thats just what i think.
I think if you are dressing him in clothes to keep his little butt warm that is not mean at all. I do the same for my little guy. Dressing them up in ridiculous outfits with hats, ribbons, bows, lace and all that stuff may be a little mean........but they are so cute aren't they? Ha Ha!! My dog hates it when I put "fancy" non sensible clothes on him. But he seems to be thankful when I put his warm winter coat on him to go outside in when it's freezing!!
I dressed up my Golden Retriever when I was a child. He didn't need clothes for warmth or for style. He was humoring a child's need for "dress up." He also acted as the wolf in a Little Red Riding Hood play we put on.
My Standard Poodles also wore clothes for my daughter. Again, the boys didn't really need to wear clothes, but they did it for her.
I've dressed up my poodles in hair dye, feathers and beads for Mardi Gras. Tommy wasn't too sure about the preparations, but he always loved the attention.
Now that Tommy is no longer with us, I have Paulo, who has never worn clothes, a costume or anything. I want to take him to Mardi Gras, but I don't know how he'll behave.
When my mini poodle was younger, I put a sweater on her. she loved it. I tell her it is time to go outside, and she would jump on the bed and wait for me to put her sweater on. She would help also. I felt I needed it, I adopted her in the winter, and she had no hair. Now that she is 8yrs, she doesn't really need it. If it is to cold for her, she will let you know and go get her sweater lol. I don't care for the holloween costumes. but a t-shirt or sweater I dont feel is that big of a deal.
My yorkie wears clothes everyday. She seems to like it...acts the same with clothes on as she does naked. I'm a member of a huge yorkie forum where a lot of owners dress their dogs. I think it's cute. And as long as the dog doesn't mind, do what you want.
As long as the clothes are not tight and the dog is able to go to relieve itself comfortably, go for it. If the dog enjoy's it enough to leave it on, even better!
Our local rescues and shelters have many dog attire contests and my own dogs are all for strutting there stuff for a good cause (we were even close to winning last Halloween lol). I am even going so far as to make a couple tropical outfits (including kids sunglasses) for the Jimmy Buffet contest held in late Feb, which benefits our local shelters.
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my dog has a basket full of dog clothes and cotumes for her, i dress her up on the holidays and then for winter she has clothes and doggy coats to wear out in the cold. My dog doesn't mind being dressed up at all. I would hate to see a small dog go out in the cold without something on to keep them warm, i just worry about her getting all wet from snow then getting sick.