Why would you put a bandana on your dog?
I love bandanas on dogs! They are fun, colourful and fashionable. You only have to take a quick glance at Instagram to see that all the top dog fashionistas are sporting a cool bandana. But why would you adorn your furry friend with such an accessory? They may be more practical and useful than you think. So I have created a list of 5 uses for dog bandanas.
Before I dive into the list, there are three things to consider before you accessorise your pet.
The most important consideration is that your dog is happy and comfortable wearing a bandana. Most dogs are relaxed wearing them as they are used to wearing a collar but some dogs may become stressed or upset if it makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t force your dog to wear a bandana if they don’t like it.
Never leave your dog unattended wearing a bandana or other accessories. In fact, I don’t leave my dogs unattended wearing collars. They roam naked at home when I am not there!
Measure your dog’s neck carefully before you buy a bandana and make sure you get one that is big enough. If you are tying a bandana around the dog’s neck, it should be loose enough for you to comfortably slip your fingers between their neck and the bandana. Make sure the bandana is not restricting their breathing or movement.
5 Uses for Dog Bandanas
1 – Stay Warm
I have a hot dog and a cold dog. My hot dog is always seeking out cold patches of tiled floor whilst my cold dog shivers when the temperature drops below about 18 degrees celsius!
If your pup feels the cold, popping on a bandana is a quick and easy way to help them retain a bit of warmth. Some people don’t like putting their dogs in jumpers and coats, and sometimes that can be overkill if it isn’t freezing. A nice, soft bandana round the neck can help keep your furry friend cosy and comfortable.
2 – Keep Cool
If you have a hot dog (and that is probably most dogs in the UK this summer!), it is important to keep them cool. Dogs cannot regulate their temperature in the same way that humans can. It can be very dangerous and potentially fatal if a dog suffers heatstroke. It is very important to keep them in the shade, and keep them hydrated. Don’t leave them in a car and limit the length of their walks and stick to early mornings or late evenings.
Bandanas can provide another innovative way to help your four-legged friend stay cool. Soak the bandana in cold water before putting it on the dog. This will help them feel fresh and cool. Check the bandana regularly and re-soak it as necessary.
3 – Stay Calm
The world can be a confusing and scary place for dogs sometimes. Fireworks, thunderstorms, a house move or even a long journey can cause a huge amount of stress and anxiety.
One way to help your pet is to drop some calming essences onto a bandana. Dogs are different to humans, so it is vital that you check that what you are using is safe for dogs. Ideally, you should use something that is specifically designed for dogs. We love Dorwest’s Valerian Compound which is great for dogs and cats. Hoof to Tail Healing offers a range of essential oils specifically for pets. They also offer information and advice on which oils to use on their Instagram account. Pet Remedy is a mixture of valerian and other essential oils and is available as a handy pump spray. Moo Moo & Bear are stockists and they have various sizes available.
It is a good idea to test the essence on a part of the bandana that isn’t visible and then wash it to see if it will stain.
4 – First Aid
In an ideal world, you would have a fully stocked first aid kit with you at all times, and be just meters from a vet surgery. Sadly, this is often not the case. A bandana can double up as a tournequet or a bandage in an emergency. However, this is only useful if you know how to use them.
There are lots of options out there to educate yourself in pet first aid. Your vet surgery may offer a course. If not, try some internet research into local courses available. As a starting point, courses offered by veterinary nurse Rachel Bean are fantastic and will give you all the basics.
If you are not sure whether or not to attend a first aid course, here is an interesting article on 5 reasons why your should. And if you would like to know the basics, this article is an brilliant summary of a first aid course that the writer attended. It will give you some potentially life-saving advice.
5 – Look Good
OK, so this one might not be strictly practical, but I couldn’t leave this one off the list! There are so many beautiful designs available, you can find just about anything you want. Dogs look superb in bandanas. My boys wear them and I always get compliments on them when I take them out for a walk or to a pub or restaurant. They are also brilliant at Christmas and Halloween. Seasonally themed bandanas are a great way for dogs to join in the fun, especially if you are not keen to dress them up in costumes.
And if you are into ‘twinning’ (yes – it is a thing), why not buy a matching bandana for yourself!
Barks & Squeaks Original Design Bandanas
Barks & Squeaks has a wide range of bandanas, including the Original Design range. I design the fabric artwork, and the bandanas are printed and made in the UK. They are all reversible and available in a range of designs and sizes.
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