Top 10 Reasons To Dress Up Your Dog

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

Some people say it’s silly, but we don’t! It may be for practical reasons or you may just want to celebrate your dog’s uniqueness. We’ve put together our top 10 reasons to dress up your dog. (Photo credit: istolethetv/Flickr)

It’s cold out there: When the snow is coming down, it’s time to put a coat, sweater and boots. Sometimes our dog’s natural fur coat isn’t enough to protect them from biting wind and blustering snow. And because sidewalk salt can become lodged in between your dog’s paw pads, boots are a smart way to keep them healthy. (Photo credit: Connie Miller/

It’s hot out there: Dogs with light coats, short coats or with little fur at all are at risk of sun burn. And it’s just as dangerous and painful for them as it is for us. Cover them up with a T-shirt or a sun protection suit that ensures the sun’s harmful rays don’t cause any damage. You can even buy cooling vests that will help them chill out during the dog days of summer. (Photo credit: ~ Georges ~/Flickr)

You’re going on an adventure. You may be camping, hiking or boating – your dog may need to be dressed for these outings. Dog boots protect from sharp rocks and dog packs let your pooch carry his essentials comfortably. And if you’re out on the water, your dog should wear a life jacket that’s just his size. (Photo credit:

It’s the holidays: Halloween, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter – these are just a few of the holidays that can be celebrated with a dog costume. There are even parades that encourage dog dress up, so deck your dog in an appropriate costume and get into the spirit of the holidays! (Photo credit: istolethetv/Flickr)

It’s a special occasion: It’s becoming a more common practice to invite and include dogs in wedding parties – or even have a doggy wedding. There are dog boutiques that specialize in doggy wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos and fancy attire that will ensure they are the talk of the party. Every pup has the right to look his best on such a big day. (Photo credit: Anne Marie/Flickr)

It’s show time: To look your best at a dog show, sometimes a few well-placed accessories really help bring out your dog’s winning personality. A sassy bow or a flashy collar can give your dog an edge on the stiff dog show competition. (Photo credit: djg0333/Flickr)

Working it on the runway. Supermodels aren’t the only ones that want to strut their stuff on the catwalk. Dog fashion shows are all the rage, showcasing up and coming designs that chic dogs will want to wear next season. (Photo credit: Frantisek Fuka/Flickr)

Show off your dog’s personality. Is your dog bad to the bone? Dress him in duds that show off his tough attitude. Or perhaps your pup is a princess – then a sparkly gown and collar are the only things she’ll want to wear. (Photo credit: Anne Marie/Flickr)

Support your favorite sports teams: A sure way to prove your loyalty to your local sports franchise is to get your dog in on the action. He probably won’t be able to hold onto one of those giant foam fingers (in fact, he may want to chew on it), but you can attire him in a sports jersey, complete with number and player. (Photo credit: Ellen Soohoo/Flirckr)

Best pictures ever! Whether it’s for your annual Christmas card or you want a pic that goes viral online, taking a photo of your dog all dressed up is one of the best ways to make your shot memorable. Use them on your blog, social media profiles or on your office desk – a dressed up dog is a sure-fire way to get people to comment on your fashionable pooch. (Photo credit: xtina/Flickr)

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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