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Cozy Pet Clothes carries a wide variety of Pet Dog Clothes. Accessories, Beach wear, out door wear, Coats, Jackets, Dresses, Formal Wear, Hats, Holiday Fashions, Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Hanukkah, Patriotic, Rain wear Boots, Robes, wraps, Shirts, sleep wear, pajamas, sweaters, swim suits, vests, Western Wear and more! Check out our Exclusive Collection of Dog Clothes!

Here you will find our fabulous line of "hand-made " designer dog clothes for your pets. You will find shirts, dresses, vests, bandanas, robes, coats, accessories and much more! Can't find dog clothes for your large dog? You've come to the right place. We offer clothing for pets of all sizes, from teacup to Great Dane! Nearly every clothing item you will see on our site is available in sizes up to XXL!

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Dog Apparel Basics

Some dogs are naturals for dressing up, and some people like their "kids" to look like humans. Dressing them up is an extension of their love for them. There are, however, practical reasons to consider apparel as well.Fashion Isn't Always FollyAside from our own desire to dress our dogs in human clothing, there are often practical reasons to do so. Dogs that have undergone medical treatments that result in the loss of fur will often need at least some temporary protection from the elements until their fur grows back. This also applies to dogs that have been shaved.People who live in severe winter climates should keep in mind that even though their pets have fur, they may need protection from the elements when they spend most of their time indoors, because they acclimate to their indoor surroundings.Short-haired dogs are almost bald on the chest and belly, so be sure to select garments that cover the lower portions of their bodies as well as the top. Most dogs don't enjoy the rain, and if your pet spends most of his time indoors, you probably don't enjoy the musty odor or the mud. With a rain slicker, all this can easily be avoided.Polar fleece is also a good protective fabric; it insulates and keeps the dog warm while drawing moisture away from the skin. Booties are good for dogs in snow, ice and rain. Booties are also outstanding for dogs when taken hiking in rugged terrain. In cases of extreme heat, booties can help protect a dog's pads from hot ground surfaces. Remember that while a dog's pads are less sensitive than our own feet, they are still sensitive to extreme temperatures.While people might not think about the summer as a time to use apparel, a dog that has been shaved or suffers from hair loss may need additional protection from the harmful rays of the sun. Hats and sunglasses offer protection from UV rays as well.Getting Your Dog to Accept Wearing ApparelProper fit is the key for getting your dog to accept donning dog apparel. However, ease of getting the garment on and off is a learned behavior for both you and your dog. Start by putting the clothing item on and rewarding the dog with verbal praise. Leave the item on for a short period. The next time, try leaving the garment on for a longer period of time, again praising and rewarding your pet. It is best to start this training as a puppy, but older dogs can also easily be trained with a little more patience.

How to Accurately Measure Your DogDifferent manufactures, and different styles of dog apparel sometimes require different measurements so please read the sizing guidelines included with each style of clothing you are considering.As a general rule, measuring should be done along the dog's backbone from the base of the head to the base of the tail, which is referred to as the "top line measurement".

This is from the base of where the collar rests to where the tail is attached.
The measurements you see on all our apparel indicate this top line measurement.

However, it's important that the dog's girth be taken into account as well as the top line measurement.For chest measurement, measure the chest at its widest point, which is typically right behind the front legs. If the dog has a large girth, going up a size in the top line measurement is always a smart choice, since some additional fabric will be used up.Note that there are different sizing ranges for different types of garments, due to how binding or flexible the material used is.

Coats are full length, where as jackets are shorter.


In many parts of the country, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Help your pets remain happy and healthy during the colder months.

**Do not leave dogs outdoors when the temperature drops. Most dogs, and all cats, are safer indoors, except when taken out for exercise. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young, or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision. Short-coated dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks. No matter what the temperature, wind-chill can threaten a pet's life. A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors.

If your dog is an outdoor dog, however, he/she must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy.

Routinely check your pet's water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal. Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, which may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car's hood to scare them away before starting your engine. Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Better yet, use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt pets, wildlife, or your family.

Probably the best prescription for winter's woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are those who are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time. Dogs and cats are social animals who crave human companionship. Your animal companions deserve to live indoors with you and your family. Info from The Humane Society of the United States Winter can be hard on your four-footed friends. Don't assume that just because they have fur they can sit outside in the winter. Most of them can't. Water. Active dogs need as much water, or even more, in the winter than they do in the summer. Make sure that outside water supplies do not freeze. De-icers are available from pet supply catalogs, and run from $15.00 to $40.00. You can also purchase them from hardware stores. Antifreeze. Keep your pet away from antifreeze. Poisoning takes only a couple of licks. Antifreeze may lurk in your garage on your driveway. Road Salt. Keep your pet away from road salt. This chemical compound can cause painful burns to an animal's feet, tongue, and mouth. Wash it off immediately. Long-haired dogs can track in the chemicals on their body hair. Snow.

Don't let your dog wander away in the snow. Scent, sound, and landmarks may become confusing, making it quite easy for dogs to become lost. Keeping Warm . . . During the winter, dog sweaters are great for keeping long hair clean, dry, and away of chemicals. They are also wonderfully warm and cozy. Also: Keep beds and crates in a warm, draft-free area of the house. Avoid frostbite by limiting the time your pet plays outside. Remove snow and ice immediately from your pet's paws, nose, and body. If skin is red and dry, apply an emollient to soothe it. If skin is white, cold, and painful to the touch, contact your veterinarian immediately. Frostbitten areas require slow thawing by frequently applying warm, moist towels. . . . But not too warm. Hot water bottles are the safest choice for contact heating. Winter burns are common. Don't let your pet spend too much time in front of the fire. Even when heating pads set on low, they can burn your pet. Try to keep your pet away from the hot air that comes out of heating ducts. The hot, dry air often causes dry, flaky, itchy skin and dry nasal passages. Never leave your pet alone with electric or kerosene/propane space heaters. An accidental bump can result in terrible burns and/or a fire. Outside dog houses. The most preferable place for your dog to be is inside with you, However, if he or she has to be outside, follow these suggestions: Supply a well-insulated dog house that isn't so big that it lets out all of the dog's body heat. If a dog house has a wide open door, it won't keep out the wind. Choose the type of dog house that has a door on the side rather than in the front. Elevate the dog house slightly off the ground to prevent moisture from accumulating. Change the bedding regularly to keep it clean and dry.

Use nonmetal water bowls to prevent wet tongues from sticking. Get a warming device for the water bowl, and check it regularly to make sure it's working. If your dog is an outdoor dog, and is old, arthritic, or sickly, do him or her biggest favor and invite the dog in for the winter. Winter Diet. Check with your veterinarian about your pet's diet. Active dogs and outdoor dogs may require a more calorie-dense food to help them fight the elements. Mosquitoes? In many places, mosquitoes are present even in the winter. Be sure to continue your pet's heartworm medicine if he or she is already on it, and if not, have your pet tested. By Lori S. Mohr, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Don't forget the sweater!

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