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January 10, 2018

Celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day!

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Did you know that January 14 of every year is National Dress Up Your Pet Day? This holiday began in 2009 and has been celebrated by pet lovers annually since. It’s a great day to give some attention to your pets and to raise awareness of animals in need.



Giving Back as You Celebrate


Besides being enjoyable for pets and the people who love them, National Dress Up Your Pet Day can be a day to give back to the animal kingdom. Many people celebrate this holiday by performing acts of service in honor of their pets. Here are some ways to help your community:


  • Go to your local animal rescue center and adopt a new pet. Not only are you providing a loving home to an animal, but you will have another pet to dress up next year!
  • While you’re at the shelter, put in some volunteer hours. The animals you love there will appreciate it.
  • Donate to an animal foundation in your pet's name, and include a picture from Dress Up Your Pet Day with your donation.
  • Take to social media and post a picture of your decked out pet along with a short message promoting animal welfare



Benefits to Dressing Up Your Pet


Dressing up your pet is lots of fun and it offers many other benefits:


  1. It keeps your pet warm in the cold weather. If you’ve ever taken your dog for a walk on a cold winter’s night and watched her shiver helplessly, you may see the benefit in a nice comfy dog sweater.
  2. It can accentuate your pet’s personality. Is your dog brave? Try a Batdog tank. Does your pet like to play with balls? A basketball uniform might do the trick. Just as you dress for success, so can your pet.
  3. A dressed-up pet is a marvelous subject for a photo. Looking for a Christmas card photo that is original and fun? Want to spice up your Facebook page? That hamster in spats will do the job.
  4. It eases your pet’s boredom. Are you at work all day? Dress up your pet when you get home. It can provide a little excitement to perk up her dreary day.
  5. Your pet gets to be the center of attention. You know your pet loves a little TLC, and what better way to provide it than to put him at the center of the universe for one day? He will appreciate the tender looks as well as the petting that comes from being even more adorable than usual.



Clothing Can Provide Security


Clothing has an additional benefit to many animals, such as dogs, in that a snug shirt or vest can provide added security by reducing his or her sense of apprehension. Many animals become nervous around crowds, and a just-right fitting sweater or shirt can provide comfort and calm. The key is to find the right fit – not too tight, and not too loose—so be sure to take measurements before shopping for that perfect outfit. And always take into consideration your pet’s need to relieve himself. Choose clothing that is either open or easy to remove.


Dressing Up With Your Pet


Animal lovers enjoy dressing up their pets so much that some even wear matching outfits. Many types of clothing and accessories are available to pets. Do you like casual elegance in a basic tee? Your dog can be casual, too. Want to wear a tuxedo on National Dress Up Your Pet Day? You can move as a tuxedoed pair with your favorite animal friend. Maybe you are attending a costume party. Find a costume for your pet to really make an appearance. Many animals enjoy mimicking their human friends’ behaviors, so why not their clothes, too? Pet clothing is available in many patterns and fabrics, and you can even advertise your favorite sports team together.


The Best Way to Prepare for National Dress Up Your Pet Day


The first time you dress up your pet is not always easy; clothing may be unfamiliar to her and she may resist. The best way to begin the process is to start at home long before the big day, when you’re not going anywhere. Ease your pet into wearing clothing by dressing her up at home and offering praise and rewards to help her adjust to it. Some clothing may be too uncomfortable for your pet and if she protests, listen to her and find another outfit. Remember, you want this to be an enjoyable experience, so do not force her to conform to your expectations if she absolutely cannot. Look for clothing you both can live with.


Precautions to Take When Dressing Up Your Pet


Dressing up your pet is meant to be a fun activity, but it is also an important time to take safety precautions. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe as you transform his wardrobe:


  • Make sure nothing is too tight around the neck, such as a scarf or collar, to avoid strangulation.
  • Do not use masks on pets, as like you, they need to breathe freely and see where they are going.
  • Make sure the clothing fits just right so your animal’s mobility is not hindered.
  • Keep all accessories with small parts away from your pet to reduce choking hazards.
  • Keep tabs on the temperature of the clothes to make sure she is not too hot or too cold. Always take into consideration your pet’s natural fur when choosing the right type of clothing.
  • Choose clothing that is not too heavy; this will prevent your pet from becoming overtired.
  • Keep your pet’s ID tag on and visible in case he gets lost.



National Dress Up Your Pet Day can be a great bonding experience for you and your pet. Whether you’re dressed alike or different, you can both make a statement. If you follow safety precautions, listen to your pet, and use the day to give back to the community, you will likely create a memory to last a lifetime.

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