Warm & Fuzzy – Dressing Your Dog for Comfort
Costumes parties galore! Halloween may have just passed, and whether your pets were costumed or not during the festivities– one thing is certain, the Halloween holiday kicks off a season of dressing your pets. The holiday brings out the inner kid in most of us and so it’s no surprise that the family fun has been extended to our furry companions. In a recent report, the National Retail Federation estimated that more than 14% of people dressed their pets for Halloween with costume spending at an estimated $350M. There is generally a sharp turn in temperatures at the end of October (in most areas!) that promptly moves us all into ‘sweater weather’, although climate change in So Cal makes this window of ‘seasonality’ seemingly smaller each year.
Never the less with the Holidays looming in the very near future, this is the best time to get your pets’ closet prepped for colder temperatures and festive family gatherings and travel. Though not all dogs need the benefits the protective layers sweaters/jackets can provide, many breeds large and small that naturally have very short or thin hair coats (think Greyhound, Great Dane, Pitbull, Chihuahua) or breeds that are clipped short year-round (think Poodles, Maltese, Yorkie) benefit from a warm dog sweater for when they need to go outside, or for lounging around the loft and your concrete floors. A sweater can make a significant difference in your dog’s comfort and feeling of wellbeing. Many older dogs with weaker immune systems and dogs with diseases that impair hair growth (think RHOBH Giggy the Pom) typically need an extra source for warmth, and this can be easily provided by a sweater or jacket, even indoors.
Sweaters and jackets are the most practical of all pet apparel and are available in every price point and in a range of sizes from Teacup to Giant Breed. Consider your dog’s breed, size, and age. If you have a pooch that would cozy up to wearing something warm this season, keep these five ideas about dressing your pet in mind:
- Choose a style that matches their personality
- Be considerate of colder climates when traveling outside our moderate temps
- Shower them with more attention for being well dressed
- Strengthen your bond by dressing your pet
- #Selfie pose, tweet, and share the photo cuteness
Size Does Matter
Get the perfect fit by measuring your dog and understanding their body type/sizing. Pet apparel does not come in standard sizing as human apparel does. There is likely to be a variance from one brand to another, as there is for fit from one dog breed to another. Measure the neck, girth (chest measurement behind front legs), and length of back (from neck to tail). Depending on the cut of the garment, usually the girth and the neck measurements are the most important to ensure the best fit. Since there are some breeds like Dachshunds and Bully breeds that require special sizing, there is some apparel (although generally harder to find) that does take into consideration longer back or wider chest proportions.
Need some personal pet shopping advice?
Consult with our Pet Experts at Pussy & Pooch. New selections of fall/winter apparel arriving daily. Stop in with your dog to be measured for the perfect fit and try on the season’s newest styles. We can help select the best styles and accessories for your breed. Custom sizing and special orders are always available. Preview our Holiday collections of toys, gifts, and more beginning November 15th.