Karen B. London
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Canine Fashions
What are you wearing?

Who among us doesn’t have a wardrobe full of pieces that proclaim our love for dogs? I still cherish the Dog’s Best Friend T-shirts I wore as my uniform when teaching training classes at that business before my husband’s new job prompted us to move. In the photo on back covers of the books we wrote together, both Patricia McConnell and I are sporting matching denim shirts embroidered with dogs. Très chic.

Many dog clothes are sold as fundraisers, including one particularly stylish T-shirt that says “Rescue Me” and raises funds to help place rescue dogs in homes. Online, in stores and at professional events, canine couture is all the rage.
At one dog training conference, I went out to lunch with a group of six people, and we laughed to discover that I was the only one NOT wearing dog-themed socks. (Apparently I am either a complete fashion idiot, or I just didn’t get the memo—hard to say.)
At most conferences, there are many items for sale, and at dog events, lots of them are clothing and accessories for people. From the “Bigger is Better” T-shirts with images of Great Danes to the Chihuahua earrings so common in the Southwest, there are so many ways to “wear your heart” on your sleeve or elsewhere.
What do you wear that tells the world you love dogs?


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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