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Celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 14 was National Dress Up Your Pet Day, but there are plenty of reasons to open up the dress-up chest with your pooch any day of the year. In light of the holiday, there are several other reasons you should dress your dog in whatever fancy gear you have around.
Whether you choose a glitzy gown or a doggie sweater for your pooch, dressing up can be fun for both human and canine. What you put on your dog matters, though. Use this opportunity to show off your pet's personality. If your dog tends to have diva characteristics, a sparkly dress might be just the outfit for it. Silly dogs may look just right in a variety of silly garments or accessories.
How your pet handles being dressed up can rely much on its personality. While timid or anxious dogs may not be the best candidates for dress-up day, easy-going pooches will likely relish in the attention. After all, the daily grind for a dog includes eating, sleeping and running, in most cases, and some one-on-one bonding time with you will likely be cherished. In addition, once it is all dressed up it will get plenty of attention from other people, which outgoing dogs absolutely adore.
If you plan on taking your pooch outside in its new threads, another plus side is that they will probably help protect against that windchill. In most parts of the U.S., January is chilling everyone to the bone, so your dog's new outfit may provide some relief from the cold. Be careful, however, not to bundle up a dog that already has a substantial coat, especially if you live in a not-so-cold climate. Thick-coated, fuzzy dogs can suffer from heatstroke.
Some dogs and owners are simply inseparable. In this case, consider celebrating this silly holiday with matching outfits. It's never too early to start staging your next Christmas card – a wacky photo of your family and your dog in matching outfits may be just the shot to feature. At the very least, you may come across some frame-worthy pictures.
Make sure your dog is in good spirits before you try to play dress up. After a meal of Taste of the Wild Dog Food may be a good time for some pooches. You can also reward throughout the dress up process with treats like Greenies for Dogs or Sweet Potato Rawhide. Consider giving your dog some alone time with pet supplies like a Dingo Big Bone after play time is over.