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A Dog Lover’s Guide For Choosing The Right Clothes

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A Dog Lover’s Guide For Choosing The Right Clothes

Being a dog owner means being responsible for the care and comfort of your precious companion. Many owners feel that dog clothes simply fashion statements but this is not always the case. Designer dog clothes should be comfortable, safe and functional. Yet, most dog owners are not informed when choosing appropriate dog clothes since there are many choices and little information.

If you are unsure about which outfits are ideal for your dog, consult with The Doggie Diva Boutique. Our designers specialize in all breeds and we can suggest the best clothing options for your dog. Here are informing tips that can be used when shopping for your pup!

Size

It is best to know your dog’s neck circumference, body length, and girth. Measure your dog’s neck and add 2”. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. Measure the length of your dog’s back from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. If your pup has a thick coat or is husky, you may want to consider going up one size. To know the girth, measure the circumference from behind the front legs at the deepest part.

Weather and environment

To understand what clothes are most appropriate for your dog, it is best to look at these three factors: your dog’s size, your dog’s breed, and the outside temperature. Petite dogs have a more difficult time generating and retaining body heat. This doesn’t mean that all large dogs are immediately protected though! What breed is your dog? Understanding your dog’s breed is key to determining how comfortable your dog will be in the cold. The Labrador, for example, was bred to handle colder temperatures when swimming in icy water. Its short, double coat helps shield it against piercing winds - through Labs will still feel the chill if the temperature drops under about -7C.

Fabric

Designer dog clothes, however glamorous, should never be a hindrance to movement while walking or playing. Doggie-ware should always be made with stretchy fabrics because it allows dogs to move freely. Common examples of materials are microfiber or cotton fabrics that "breathe." Also flannel and fleece are good for dog coats. But be careful if choosing clothes made of certain materials for your dog. In some cases, it could be quite itchy for your dog if your dog has an allergy to it.

Easy care

In most cases, cotton requires very little maintenance and can also be cleaned easily. Be sure to read the care label of the garment. Most dog sweaters and clothes can be machine or hand washed. Before washing, check for loose seams or holes that might worsen during washing. Repair rips and tears before washing to prevent further damage. 

In conclusion

By considering the above-mentioned tips, you can now choose the best designer dog clothes! Many make the common mistake of choosing dog sweaters on the basis of looks. But now you understand there is more to your pup’s wardrobe than just cute outfits! Contact The Doggie Diva Dog Boutique for further assistance.

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