Apparel for pets - crochet dog clothes Do you like to dress your dog up in pet clothes? Dog apparel is a popular purchase for pet owners.
From lounge wear to formal fashions, the modern day pet can be dressed to the nines limited only by the owners imagination.
There are even mittens, sunglasses and beach wear available for your furry friend! There are several things to consider when dressing up your dog.
Pet apparel comes in many sizes for all breeds.
There are some simple measurements you can use to determine the correct size.
Remember if your dog is on the border between sizes to choose the larger size to ensure fit and comfort.
How to make dog clothes The circumference of the neck - An accurate measurement here is essential to the dogs comfort and breathing ability.
You always want at least 2 fingers to fit comfortably between the clothing and the dogs neck.
The broadest part of the chest - Always measure the chest at its widest point.
If you have a large size dog it is recommended to select the size above your dogs measurement for comfort.
The length of the backbone - This should be done from the base of the head to the base of the tail.
This is from where the collar sits to the area where the tail is attached.
Weight is not a good tool for determining apparel sizes as a dogs build can vary significantly even while weighing the same.
If you bring to mind a Doberman and a Rottweiler they can often be in the same weight class but they have completely different body shapes.
Clothes for teacup chihuahua You must also consider the dog breed and the climate you live in.
If you have an Alaskan Malamute (or any other cold weather breed) in a hot climate it can be life-threatening to "dress-up" your dog during the summer months.
Over-heating and dehydration is one of the leading causes of dog fatalities during the summer months.
There are also breeds that require additional clothing during the winter months.
Chihuahuas and other small breeds are notorious for suffering attacks of shivering from the cold weather even indoors.
Dog pajamas can be essential for small dogs and older dogs as they lose body heat at night while sleeping.
There are also numerous free knitting patterns for dogs and other ways to create clothing for your pets clothing needs are available online.
Whatever your purpose for dressing your dog in pet clothes, pet apparel can be a fun way to display your dogs personality and your own creativity.