Choosing the right fit
With so many cute and limited-edition designer dog clothes available, it’s easy for something to end up in your cart before you’ve had a chance to double-check that you ordered the right size. If you want your dog to be able to wear their cute new clothes, it’s important you pay attention to the size charts before you place that order. Sizes can vary among different designers.
Start by taking a few measurements of your pup before shopping. A tailor’s measuring tape or other flexible measuring tape is preferred, but if you don’t have these available, we have a downloadable tape measure to help in the process.
First, while the dog is standing, lay the tape measure across the back and note the distance from the base of her neck to the base of her tail for a reliable body-length measurement.
Next - and perhaps most importantly - record the circumference of the broadest part of the chest to determine girth. This is usually 1-2” behind the front legs.
Finally, measure around the base of the neck. It’s important to note that while taking girth and neck measurements, you should attempt to get exact measurements without leaving extra room. When you compare these measurements to the individual size charts, you should be able to determine the correct size by following each designer’s specifications. If you have any doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us, as we are always happy to help.
Dog clothes are ridiculously cute and once you dress them up, they’ll seem so naked without their threads. But, as with anything, it’s important to respect your dog’s wants and needs.
Dog sweaters and scarves are a fashionable and functional accessory for the winter months, but you should never leave your pup unattended with clothing on and always take them off before bed. Dog’s bodies warm up while they sleep and a sweater or scarf could overheat them.
If your dog is left wearing their clothes for too long, they could try to take matters into their own hands (or paws), which could cause both of you unnecessary stress, ruin their cute outfit, or even end up in an injury. To avoid all these unnecessary incidents, simply remove your dog’s clothing when you go to bed, before heading to work or out of the house for the day, or whenever your dog is playing beyond your watchful eye.
Cleaning and Care
You might be tempted to toss a load of doggie duds in with your clothes on laundry day, but if you want to take proper care of your dog clothes and ensure lasting quality, their items require a bit of special attention. Your dog’s outfits and accessories will receive plenty of wear and tear from afternoons playing at the park, so it’s up to the owner to take good care of them afterward.
Step 1: Read the care label. Most dog collars, clothes, and accessories can be either machine or hand washed.
Step 2: Check for stains from dog food or mud. Use a stain remover or heavy-duty liquid detergent for washable fabrics such as collars and clothes. If necessary, use a soft-bristled brush to work the stain remover into the cloth.
Step 3: Use a mesh bag for your small items like bandanas, scarves, collars, and socks. This will prevent snags and becoming entangled with other items and will make it easier for you to find everything after washing.
Step 4: Use a laundry detergent free from perfumes or dyes. Besides irritating your dog’s skin, you must consider a dog’s keen sense of smell. Too many new smells may curb your dog’s enthusiasm for their clothes and make them hesitant to wear them anymore. If you have problems with strong odors, try adding baking soda to the wash, as baking soda is known to absorb odors.
Step 5: Last, but certainly not least; it’s best to hang dry your dog’s clothes and accessories. Collars and other neckwear could shrink in the dryer and cause your dog discomfort and all kinds of frustration for you. This will also extend the life of your items!