I have never been a fan of dressing up any animal, but sadly always see a boost of this trend on social media around the holidays – X-mas and Halloween being the worst of all! I understand how humans would think that their cute little fluff looks so adorable in that Santa outfit, but really it isn’t!
Here is why you shouldn’t dress up your dog.
Most often in these pictures or videos I see a dog that is super uncomfortable – portraying a body language pleading with their humans to get them out of whatever they have been put in. You see flat ears, whale eyes (showing the white in the eye), licking their lips continuously, tucked tales or hunched up bags, or the dog has simply frozen in their spot or the complete opposite struggling to get whatever that has been put on them off as fast as possible. Either way with a stress level rocketing through the roof and creating a mistrust between you and your dog as to why you would do this to them. This is not cute at all!
Dogs need clothes for very few occasions – a coat for when it is very cold outside – this is true for short haired breeds as most long hairs can manage the cold just fine with their fur (so smart!), unless you reach extreme minus degrees but then you shouldn’t take your dog out at all! If you have a hairless dog breed you sometimes also need to protect their skin from sunburns during the summer by using a coat. Dogs need shoes if they have an injury on their paw, to avoid dirt getting into the wound or the bandage, if there is deep snow (sleigh dogs often wear shoes to protect their paws from the snow and cold), or the roads has been salted, as both can cause a lot of pain on your dog’s paws when they walk on it. Dogs do not need to be dressed up as a sausage, Santa or a skeleton. They do not need to wear sunglasses, hats or any other gadget you might think is cute…I mean aren’t they cute enough as it is!
I understand that you want a cute dog picture for the holidays, so why not use those smart filters you can download on your phone and take some pictures or a video with your dog with that – it doesn’t make your dog uncomfortable or stressed out (unless they are scared of your phone) and your bond will stay intact, cause you haven’t done anything to make your dog mistrust you and finally you will save a lot of money from not buying all those costumes.
Let your dog be and use the technology!