It really isn't much different than getting your Chihuahua accustomed to collar or a leash and harness. A little patience and a lot of attention will go a long way in helping your dog feel comfortable and happy wearing clothes. So here are the basics of how I have gotten all 5 of my Chihuahuas to be regular Fashion Dogs! This is a 2 part series so there will more to come!
|Cinna & Cori: 6 week old Chihuahuas|
Start Your Chihuahua Wearing Clothes for Small Amounts of Time. At first it's better not to have your Chihuahua wear their clothes for too long. You want them to get used to them gradually. It is better to start with 30 minutes to an hour of clothes wearing at first rather than a whole day. If your Chihuahua is happy in his clothes than fine but for those who aren't as sure of them you will want to keep the times short in the beginning. It's important to remember that your Chihuahua will still enjoy lots of time not wearing clothes!
Be Sure Your Chihuahua's Clothes are Comfortable and Fit Well. No one likes to wear clothes that are itchy, scratchy, or that just do not fit well and your Chihuahua is no exception. Clothes should not be so big that they get in the way of your dogs play and normal activities nor should they be too tight around the chest or front legs. Putting clothes that do not fit well on your Chihuahua is a good way to make him decide that clothes are a bad idea. You will want to be sure that tags are not an issue and avoid anything too frilly or bulky until your Chihuahua is already used to clothes. First clothes should be little shirts and simple dresses. Think comfort.
|Cinna in her cute little Tutu Dress|
Two little quick tricks for when first getting started with an Uncooperative Chi:
- On a chilly day or you can adjust the thermostat by a degree or two, toss a little shirt in the dryer for a few minutes and then put that on your chi. Chihuahuas like to be warm and if they a little too cold that warm from the dryer shirt will be a welcome sight.
- If you have a little one who is especially uncooperative at first try this for getting that shirt on! Hold a treat in one hand and your dogs shirt in the other. Hold the treat to your dog through the neck hole of the shirt. As the dog comes towards the treat, hold onto the treat a bit and slip the shirt over their head as they get the treat. You can also give a treat on the floor for each leg as it is lifted and put in their shirt too.
Following these simple principles you should have your little Chihuahua all decked out in no time!
|Fen looking very handsome as usual!|
Stay tuned for part II where we will look at determining your Chihuahua's individual style, shopping tips, accessories and more!