Do you dress your dogs?

@DJ9020 (1596)
United States
December 12, 2007 4:30am CST
With costumes or just a warm coat or sweater in the winter? I never have, but I'm thinking about getting some coats for my three dachshunds. One is long haired, but the other two are short haired. They get all shivery when they go out in the cold, wet weather.
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@Ciniful (1589)
• Canada
12 Dec 07
No, I don't ... but both my dogs are husky mixes ... built for cold weather, so there's no reason to. I really hate to see dogs that are all dressed up to suit the owners interests, when it's not in a dogs behavior or natural instincts to wear clothing, but I'm talking about cute little outfits that the owner gets a kick out of. With some dogs, and some breeds, there are safety and health reasons to dress them, like protecting short haired breeds from cold weather, or protecting a dog's feet when he has an allergy to grass. (I really do know a few dogs with grass allergies that have to wear little boots for this reason)
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
12 Dec 07
my dog - modeling fall accessories
Ya my dogs are larger breeds as well and also build for our cold Northern climate... LOL the closest one will ever get to dressing up our dogs is this
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• Philippines
12 Dec 07
Really? There are dogs who are allergic to grass? I've never heard of that. Then they have to put on some boots. lol. that sounds funny. how sensitive these dogs are. But these poor dogs can't play freely on the grass like other dogs. I'm sure they don't feel very comfortable with their boots.
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@Ciniful (1589)
• Canada
12 Dec 07
They adjust to them quite well. I fostered a cocker spaniel a few years ago that had a severe grass allergy. She loved her boots .. flat out refused to step outside without them. And they didn't interefere with her walking or running. As for rolling around, no, they can't in the grass ... but there is beaches, pavement .. many other mediums for them to roughhouse and play. It's no different than humans with allergies to sunlight. My daughter can't be in the sun for more than an hour or she develops third degree burns. It's a pain, but just like a dog with it's grass allergy, it's managable with some planning ahead of time.
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@ravibabli (1558)
• India
12 Dec 07
Actully I have not any pet like dog & cats
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
13 Dec 07
What do you think about people who do and dress them up?
@ravibabli (1558)
• India
13 Dec 07
Yes I saw some people wear dress their Dogs and Cats
@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
13 Dec 07
be very careful when making coats for dogs I warned you
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• Canada
13 Dec 07
Ha...ha... Yeah, you're right. Dogs may think that it is other kind of animals.
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• Australia
13 Dec 07
I bought a sweater for my golden retriever but for some reason, he hates wearing it. He just chews on it trying to get it off but when I put one of my old t-shirts on him, he doesn't mind it and loves walking around with it. Not sure why.......
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Maybe he likes your smell? It might be comforting to him.
@tiffiny (872)
• United States
12 Dec 07
I can't wait to dress up my little dog! (We have to get one first that's in a couple months) But I'm already getting so excitted to dress him/her up. I used to be like that's so dumb but I had big dogs that it just woudn't have worked for them. But now that I'm giong to have a little guy they need to have something on when it's cold otu side. And it will just be fun.
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I think if you start them when they're puppies they are more likely to accecpt dressing up. Mine are too old, I'm afraid. They just don't like it.
• United States
12 Dec 07
My sister and I used to dress our dogs in my sisters doll clothes when we were little. We will spend hours and hours dressing the dogs while my sister will push them around in her baby carriage. As an adult, I have a terrier that I have a sweater for. When I put the sweater on her, she fights with me to take it off. She whines and trys to make it difficult to remove the sweater as if she does not want it removed. I normally let her wear it and she eventually pulls it over her head after a couple of days.
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
30 Dec 07
LOL. I think that's what my dogs would do!
@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
12 Dec 07
Well my dog is still just a pup and it's his first winter so I don't know how he will react to the cold Nordic weather here but if I can avoid it I'll never dress him in anything other than possibly a life jacket if we go on any boating trips. If it seems like he gets really cold though, I may get a warm coat for him for the really freezing days but in general I think dogs are just dogs and shouldn't be dressed up like humans.
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
30 Dec 07
I agree that they're dogs, but we have taken them out of their normal environments. I'm thinking of getting coats for my shorthaired dogs to help keep them warm. When they go from a 72 degree house to 30 degress outside, I can't imagine that that's good for them. Even if they're only out for a few minutes, it must be a shock to their little systems.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
12 Dec 07
No I never have but I have to say that I am thinking of getting Gissi one as I have noticed that he is very cold lately and it has been cold and still is very cold here I saw a Lovely little warm Coat for him the other Day in a Pet Shop and I think he might just end up getting that lol
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Send us pictures if you do!
• Philippines
12 Dec 07
When my dog was a puppy, she used to have dresses but she doesn't like wearing them so it only stays on for a short while. Now that she's big, I don't put dresses on her because she seems to be feeling warm most of the time. She has really thick fur so I guess she doesn't need clothes anymore. I just put on ribbons or other accessories to make her look pretty.
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• Australia
13 Dec 07
How do you manage that? My dog always try to bite/shake off any ribbons I put on.
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@rosehe (9)
• China
13 Dec 07
We raise a short haired,too. My family members love him very much.In winter,whether it is inside or outside,he gets shivery.So he always get cold.We are worried about him.In order that keep him worm ,I stitched some clothes by hand for him.From that on,he didn't get cold.He likes his clothes very much,never broke his clothes. This winter,I want to buy a suit of clothes for him.But it's very expensive in our country.At last ,I gave up.I know he will forgive me.Because we're good friends.
@friendship (2085)
• Canada
13 Dec 07
Me...Me... I dressed my dogs. In my opinion, dogs should wear sweater in the weater (LOL). Because they must feel cold, too (he...he...). Do you think we can buy shoes for my dogs'paws? I have never seen shoes for dogs, anyway.
• United States
13 Dec 07
I don't dress my dogs at all. I live in Florida so it doesn't get too cold down here. Even when it is a bit chilly I just don't leave them outside for long.
• Chile
13 Dec 07
I just have a sweater for him to be warm in the winter, he looks nice and seems happy with it