Training your dog to wear clothing without him trying to tear it off can be a challenge, but certainly not an impossible task. The best tools for success for you and your dog are: a handful of treats, some time, and a bit of patience.
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Some dogs will fight you until you break. Just like you have those shoes or hats you won't wear because they are uncomfortable, the same applies to your dog. Some dogs will do great with boots and Doggles, but will not wear coats or shirts and vice versa.
Many people will tell you that this means that dogs are not intended to wear clothes, this is not true however. Dogs were once bred for particular regions that have certain climates and weather conditions. Today you may have an Alaskan Malamute that lives in Arizona with you. These dogs are intended for extreme cold weather, so putting on a Cooling Vest can help your Alaskan Malamute deal with the heat of Arizona.
Now that you have your new attire for your dog, start by putting them on in the easiest way possible. Whether you are working with boots, coats, or any other product, the best way to get him acclimated to wearing them is to walk around the house, distract him with a few treats and lots of love. If this all goes well, go out to the back yard or the park nearby and play fetch, run around, and take his attention off of the fact that he has clothes on.
I recenlty purchased some boots for my German Shepherd Sadie. She loves running, so much so that she would run the pads of her feat raw, so I tried some new boots to help. At first, she did the weird walk that I am sure anyone that has put a pair of boots or socks on their dog can relate with. After some jogging around the block, and a few treats, she forgot all about them.
The best things to keep in mind when working with clothing for your dog is to pay attention to size and fit. At Baxterboo, we have thousands of products to choose from, so if the first one doesn't fit correctly or is not the right size, don't be afraid to try something else!
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