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All About Dog Fashion Shows

Maria Cecilia has a passion for dogs. Peso is her dog whom she loves eternally, and she dedicates all doggy articles to him.

Cha-Cha's picture by Connie Perez.

Cha-Cha's picture by Connie Perez.

Fashion Shows for Dogs

Watching dogs wearing clothes or fancy gowns is like a glimpse of a stress-free moment—a breather from everyday issues in life. Dog fashion shows offer a different experience for both humans and their dogs. In these events, humans are excited to see their dogs wearing fancy clothes and walking on a runway, while the dogs just enjoy the attention and love that they are getting.

My friend's dog, Ginger, with her handler.

My friend's dog, Ginger, with her handler.

"Glamorous and Gorgeous Dogs" Pageant

I proceeded to Sta. Lucia Mall, Marikina, to support my friends whose dogs are contestants in the pageant, "Glamorous and Gorgeous Dogs."

Although I have no intention to enter my dog into the contest, I brought my dog, PM, with me because I find joy in bringing my dogs to any dog-related activities. I let my dog wear her blouse (since I know most dogs in the activity—whether participants or not—will be wearing their clothes too).

Part of the audience during the program.

Part of the audience during the program.

The Contestants

If it is your first time witnessing a dog fashion show, you may be overwhelmed by the splendid costumes. And although it was a contest for dogs, some humans or owners of the dogs were wearing attractive costumes too, which complemented their dogs' outfits.

The Contest

The contest is about searching for the most glamorous and gorgeous dogs, just like in human beauty pageants. The difference is that dogs will not walk the runway alone, and a handler or the owner will walk with them. It depends on the owners if they want to wear costumes similar to the candidates. My friends Julie and Kristine left the limelight to their dogs. Christine's dog is a Shih Tzu called Hanna, and Julie's two candidates were Gingerbelle and Gio, both Chihuahua dogs.

Prizes and a Raffle

The 1st place prize winner received $10,000 in cash and gift items; the 2nd place winner received $3,000 in cash and gift items, and the 3rd place winner received $2,000 in cash and gift items. All other candidates that did not place also received gift items for their doggies.

People who went to watch the contest with their dogs had a chance to receive gift items too. My name was called during the raffle, and I received 2 kg of dog food from Alpo.

My first experience watching a dog fashion show contest was good, and I admired how the owners took the time and effort to bring their dogs to this activity.

Tips for Dressing Up Your Dog

  1. Always remember not to compromise the comfort of the dogs.
  2. Don't force them to wear clothes if they are showing signs of resistance.
  3. If in a contest, dress up the dog only when the contest is about to start, meaning, don't let them wear the gown from your residence to the venue.
  4. Undress them right away after the contest, especially if they are wearing gowns.
  5. Never stroll with dogs wearing extravagant costumes, although they are cute, not everyone will be pleased to see them (especially those who are animal welfare advocates).
  6. Choose the proper clothing materials; cloth or fabric must be light, soft and cool to wear.
Thanks to Julie Imperio for Belle Ginger's photo

Thanks to Julie Imperio for Belle Ginger's photo

Do These Shows Humanize Dogs?

There is a fine line between treating our dogs fairly and humanizing our dogs. Dressing them up could be exaggerated in this situation. Don't we humanize our dogs when we say we treat them as members of our family? Don't we humanize them when we rush them to the best veterinary clinic and are worried sick over them? Don't we humanize them when we bring them to the vet (not just for the rabies vaccination, but also for booster shots and deworming so they won’t get sick easily) just like parents do by bringing their babies to the doctor?

Do I humanize my dog, Peso, when I take him out to poop or help him potty? I did that with my mother when she was still alive and sickly, so is there really an answer to this? If humanizing our dogs means treating them well, then I really won’t mind humanizing them. I guess humanizing our dogs started not when we let them wear clothes, but when we started to provide for their basic needs (just like parents providing for their children).

Fashion Shows Are About Fun and Engagement

The lighter side of caring for dogs is to let them enjoy these fun activities. Our dogs can stay happy everywhere as long as they are with us; they can enjoy a certain activity simply because they know we are behind them. But all these things must be second only to their basic needs (vaccination, proper food, and good grooming), because I don’t think we can have these lighter moments if those needs are neglected.

The number of pet owners who dress up their dogs to join fashion shows is increasing every day, and I would like to look at it as another way of promoting responsible pet ownership because dog owners will not show off their dogs if they are guilty of not treating them well. Always remember that dog fashion shows are all about active dogs competing happily and supportive owners who are thankful that their dogs are healthy.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2010 Maria Cecilia


Maria Cecilia (author) from Philippines on August 26, 2012:

romari, I went to your hub already even before reading this LOL...

Rose Maria Rica D. Fuentes from Heaven on August 26, 2012:

Hello Miss Maria! Please take time to read my new hub about doggy fashion show. Because of your hub, I have found out an idea on how to win a doggy fashion show. THANKS to you! :)

Maria Cecilia (author) from Philippines on August 14, 2012:

Romari welcome to dog community, inform me of events where you decided to join, I will come to see you, my friend love s to join her dogs in fashion show contents and she designing and sewing their clothes too.

Rose Maria Rica D. Fuentes from Heaven on August 14, 2012:

Hi! Great hub! Thanks for this. I am planning to join my dog (Bingo) in a Doggy Fashion Show and now this hub gives me an idea how to win lol.. I am sewing my Dog's costume ( Jack Sparrow) . I don't really aim to win but to have an experience. :)