Quick Facts

Dates
Every January 14th
Hashtag
#DressUpYourPetDay

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Is there anything cuter than a cat in a hat or a dog in dungarees? For those snappy dressers of the animal world, Dress Up Your Pet Day is a chance to showcase serious sartorial flair.

Dress Up Your Pet Day is a celebration of fashion for our furry friends. Designed to be a fun occasion, which brings pet owners together and encourages bonding between owners and their treasured pals, this is an excuse to treat pooches and feline friends to a showstopping new outfit. From cozy knits to themed costumes, there’s scope to unleash your pet’s inner supermodel and let them shine. 

History of Dress Up Your Pet Day

This pawesome celebration of pet fashion was established by Colleen Paige in 2009. A pet lifestyle expert by trade, Colleen launched the event to encourage pets and their owners to spend time together, to dress up in impossibly cool and cute outfits, and to join forces with other animal enthusiasts in the local area. Owners are urged to be imaginative and to show off their fabulous furry friends.

As well as enjoying the opportunity to showcase creative talents, Dress Up Your Pet Day is also a social occasion. Hundreds, even thousands of pet lovers join together to celebrate their best buddies and meet new friends along the way. 

It is important to note that Dress Up Your Pet Day was started to promote wellbeing and encourage bonding between pets and their owners. While some dogs are happy to don a snazzy jumper or a winter coat, not every creature will be content to trot around the park in a tutu or go for a walk dressed as Yoda or Captain Hook.

Pet costumes should be safe, they should be comfortable, and owners should never force an animal into an outfit. Some models are much more willing than others, so take care to read your pet’s reactions and proceed accordingly.

Double check every outfit for loose attachments, for example, buttons, and make sure there’s no risk of a pet overheating or struggling to breathe or move. 

How to celebrate Dress Up Your Pet Day

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as an aspiring designer, now is the time to unlock your potential and let your feline friend or pampered pup star in your very first catwalk show.

Dress Up Your Pet Day is a fun, light-hearted celebration of the wonderful, precious pets that enhance our lives and brighten up our homes on a daily basis, and it’s designed to bring pets and their owners together and to show off purrrrfect homemade or shop-bought creations.

If you have a pet that likes to strut their stuff, why not meet up with other owners for a party in the park or organize a get together with friends and their four-legged sidekicks at home? You can exercise those artistic talents and make your own outfits, or browse the many online pet clothing stores to ensure your pet looks the bee’s knees.