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Dogs are Not Accessories

Updated on August 18, 2015

Dogs are Pets

Dog, descendant from wolves, animals. Not accessory. It's actually as simple as that... Well, to me, that is...

Dogs should not be used as an accessory to fit one's outfit for the day. Scratch that, PETS should not be an accessory.

For the most part, I've never encountered a common person who toted their dog around like he, or she, was a little baby. Yes, people do tend to carry small dogs around, but I've never seen one attached to someone's hip as Paris Hilton and her chihuahua. But, not just Paris, other celebrities, as well. Paris is just the more noticed of the others.

But, anyway, when carried around and pampered as though a baby, behavioral problems can arise. As small dogs are prone to be the nippier of the dog variety, if they do not realize that they are dogs, then you create a monster who feels that he is at your level.

When you don't treat your dog like a dog, a pet, you're in for a rough ride.

Dogs that are an accessory, get complexes. They feel they are on your level, meaning they think they're a part of the top leaders in the pack, if not a leader themselves. And, you don't want an alpha terrier near your small child; it just won't work out the way you want it.

Now, don't get me wrong, there are alpha small dogs that weren't coddled as pups or adult dogs. These dogs are just naturally this way; if this is the case, you would have noticed signs of this when the dog was a pup. If you ignored or didn't understand the signs, it's time for some serious obedience training.

But, anyway...

People need to realize that everyone is not like Paris Hilton, Nichole Richie, or Brittany Spears. People just can't carry their Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers, or any other dog breed everywhere. I mean what movie would let you bring your dog, unless you have a logical, reasonable reason to bring a dog with you? I've never heard of one, but I could be wrong.

And, yes, it's cute to dress your dogs in doggy fashion wear; I mean, I do it on occasion, but your dog isn't your accessory, so he just doesn't need an outfit to match your ever- growing closet.


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      brad4l 9 years ago from USA

      I agree with you that dogs should be used as a fashion accessory. I think this applies to larger dogs too, which might not get dressed up as much, but often end up with those pointless oversized chains.

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      esocial 9 years ago from California

      GOod hub - -dogs do get embarrassed!

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      rottweilerpuppy 9 years ago

      You are right, dogs shouldn't be clothing items or something like that. Dogs are companions and friends.

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      Heather's Haven 9 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      Great Hub! Although putting a sweater on your dog during the winter is fine, I agree that you don't need to dress them up everyday.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Definitely. Dogs, much less any pet should not be considered furniture. But that's a whole other hub on its own. Ha.

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      FitnessDog 9 years ago

      Very appropriate article. Treating a dog as a baby drives me nuts--people don't understand that it really demeans the dog!

      I say go one further. Dogs are not furniture. They are not meant to sit perfectly in a corner all day. They are not meant to be a cushion on the couch all day. They need to get attention and purposeful exercise from us everyday. Just my little rant. Keep up the excellent hubs.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      I agree with you. I think that in some cases, such as small dogs with thin fur, it can be aceptable to putting a sweater on them in the cooler months, same with older dogs. I will check out your hub right away.

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      Dog Obedience Tra 9 years ago from Uk

      Great article and very apt subject!

      Dogs are indeed more than an accessory. In fact, there should be a law againest it. No joking. I'm fed up with so called dog owners dressing their dog up to suit how they look.

      All breeds of dog deserve more, especially the small and toy dog breeds who suffer more than most other breeds.

      I do understand dog owners who put body wraps on old dogs, or dogs in a climate they were never meant for, but that's it. Anything else is a fashion fad.

      I've given you a well deserved "thumbs up" for your hub.

      Stop by my Dog Obedience Training hub for some fantastic advice and information on caring for dogs better.

      It would be good to get your honest professional opinion! Wishing you great success with your hubs. Sincerely,

      John from Dog Obedience Training hub

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      JHwebsites 10 years ago from UK

      Very nice Hub. I totally agree and dressing dogs in designer gear should be against the law. These animals are loving and friendly, you only need to feed them and give them exercise and they will return affection. Not to be used as a substitute for a baby or a fashion accessory.