Clothes help protect us from cuts, scratches and bad weather and they have done the same for animals for centuries. Today the primary use for dog clothes is to keep a dog dry and warm. The history of animal clothing dates back to King Arthur when they covered their horses to protect and identify them.
Dog clothes have been used in the military and law enforcement for decades to keep dogs safe from attacks and the environment. Even a thin layer like a t-shirt with a cute saying can help your dog stay warmer. As your dog ages their metabolism slows down and they aren’t able to stay outside in the cold as long.
In the United States and some other parts of the world, the main purpose of a dog is to be a family pet and protector. The dog is treated as a member of the family. They have regular doctor visits, special diets and rigid schedules to keep up with the rest of the family. Some dogs even attend day care while their owners are working outside of the home. Entire businesses have been developed and others are booming because the demand for these products has increased. The dog walkers, groomers, pet sitters and of course the dog clothing industry have all benefited and gotten more creative.
Each dog has a distinct personality and it can be easily reflected or implied by clothing your pet in a sassy t-shirt or entire outfit. It seems the small breed of dog is the main target of dog clothing manufacturers but large breeds can benefit as well. Today you can find all types of dog clothes including outfits for special occasions like Halloween, Christmas and even weddings.
Modern clothes are easy to fit and they are designed especially for various breeds of dog. Their clothes are machine washable and are available in a wide variety of colors, styles and sizes just like our clothes. There are environmentally friendly materials and materials designed specifically for keeping out the elements like snow and water. Your dog may not wear booties or rain boots but you can buy them too.
Measure the circumference of your dog’s neck and chest, just behind the front legs, as well as the length of his back from the neck to the tail and you’ll know what size you need. Pet clothes are all designed to stretch over the head and front paws and some designs may use Velcro straps to keep them in place. There isn’t a standard size for animal clothes and you will need to know these measurements to buy proper fitting gear.
So, yes I say you should give your dog the benefit of a sweater when the temperatures drop below freezing even if you don’t go for the cute designer outfits. Give your dog the benefit of a sweater when the temperatures drop below freezing. And remember not to leave them outside for too long.