Do dogs like to be dressed up?


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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – do dogs like to be dressed up? I'm 10-year-old and love to dress my dog but my brother says he doesn't like it.



Hi – thanks for your email Angel. You wrote asking if dogs like to be dressed up. The answer is – some do, some only tolerate it, some absolutely hate it. If your dog struggles while you try to dress him or immediately tries to get the clothes off, I'd say he hates it. If that is the case, you can do other things that might give you both pleasure such as playing fetch in the yard or going for a walk. Ask your parents what they think based on how he acts when you are dressing him.

We have several articles written for great kids like you what want to learn about their dogs and do the best for them. You may enjoy reading them. Go to our search and search for: "Just for Kids" on our site to see the list.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.