Training My Dog to Wear Clothes
Should I dress my dog? Will my dog resist being dressed in pet clothes? Is it cruel to dress my dog? All these questions are relevant and there is no right answer. People have many different reasons to dress their pets. Whatever the reason, you love your pet and your pet loves you, you’ll work it out to the satisfaction of both of you, but in the end you will have trained your dog to wear clothes. To find other hints and tips on dressing your dog click on this link: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/teach-your-dog-to-wear-clothes#0_4qpxyk23
It is easier to get your pet used to getting “dressed in clothes” when they are a puppy. The best time to train any animal to do anything is when they are young. They are more playful and getting to know you as you get to know them and their personalities emerge.
Perhaps you live in a cold climate, dressing your dog will keep him warmer and there are even raincoats for pet and boots. Why wouldn’t they want to be as dry as possible when they go outside, we would. After all, we do think our pets are family and we want them to be comfortable.
Where to start? Start simple. First, select a style of clothes that is easy to put on with the least amount of fuss for you and your pet. Check sizes and make sure that the clothing isn’t sloppy so your puppy doesn’t trip and stumble, but also make just as sure that it isn’t too tight. Use yourself as an example whenever dressing your dog. Comfort comes first, cuteness comes second.
Does your beloved pet like the clothes? This may seem silly, but talk to your dog, show him the clothes and speak to him/her in tones that endear both you and the outfit to him/her. Let him sniff and explore the clothing. Always address him with affirmative speech and give him a treat when he allows you to familiarize him with the clothing.
Dress him quickly and gently. One of the reasons to start with simple styles is you can dress him quickly before he even knows what you’re doing. Be gentle and let him play with one of his favorite toys or treats while you’re dressing him. Keep him calm and remain calm yourself while praising him and telling him how handsome he or beautiful she looks.
Undress him just as quickly. After only a minute or so, take his new clothes off. Associate calmness and no stress with wearing clothes. Wait until the next day and do the same thing with the same clothes using the same routine. After two or three days, introduce another outfit, just as simple, allowing your dog to familiarize himself with the fabric and that it isn’t hurtful to wear.
Gently graduate to more sophisticated styles. When you want to really dress him/her up in fancy duds, the most important thing to remember is not to stress your pet out. If he seems to get stressed go back to a simple outfit first. Perhaps you work your way up to three “fittings” a day. In any case, eventually he will become used to you praising him for looking so good and being so good while getting dressed.
Limit the amount of attention and praise after you undress your dog. Of course, you will always be loving and supportive of your pet, but if he is skittish at all when being dressed, be your most sensitive self at that time. Once he’s dressed and stays dressed for 10 to 30 minute stretches at a time, you’ll know he’s adapting comfortably. When you undress him during the training stage, lessen the amount of attention and praise you offer once the clothes are removed.
Doggie Clothes can comfort your pet and he will learn to recognize it. If your dog shivers a lot and seems to be cold, he might suffer from a circulatory problem or just have a short or thin coat, a doggie sweater will keep him warm and he will learn to like that comforting feeling. If a raincoat or boots keep him dry when he needs to go outside to do his business, he will be silently thanking you for dressing him for the inclement weather.
Your dog will associate wearing clothes with comfort and praise. Of course, besides the practical aspect of dressing your dog for warmth and protection from the elements, there is the cuteness factor. He/she will become aware that you think he/she is pretty special when all dressed up and pets like nothing more than to get that positive reinforcement and security of knowing they are the center of attention and very loved.
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