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January 6, 2012 / NYBowtique.com Dog Bows

Step-by-Step Guide to Accessorizing with Dog Bows

By Wendy Wu, Owner of NYBowtique.com

Introduction to dog bows

Aside from clothing, a great way to accessorize your pup is with dog bows. This is a quick and inexpensive way to give your pooch some much needed style, especially during the summer months, when clothes aren’t an immediate option. Unbeknown to many dog owners, dog bows can come in many different styles, shapes and materials. There are single loop bows, double loop with flag back bows and bows that display Swarovski crystals, gem stones, mini roses, rhinestones or even diamonds! Dog bows also come in many different sizes. For larger dogs, double loop dog bows look the best. For petite or teacups, single loop dog bows are ideal.

There are many places where you can get your hands on some dog bows. Pet boutiques usually carry a limited number of them, while groomers might even provide you with bows for free after an appointment. There are many online shops selling custom hand-crafted dog bows, specifically for long haired pooches. NYBowtique.com offers of a wide range of designs to choose from, including casual to glamorous and everything else in between.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Once you have your bows, it’s now time to put it on your pup! Keep in mind though there is a correct way of placing the bow on your pup without making it uncomfortable for her.

1) Start by gathering the fur right above the temple of your dog’s eyes toward the middle of the scalp, be careful not to pull too hard as your pup’s eyes will be stretched.

2) Tie the fur with a snag-free elastic band so it won’t hurt your pup when it’s time to take off the band. You can purchase these bands at NYBowtique.com.

3) You can now create either a puffy or puff ball look. If your pup prefers a puffy look, use the snag-free band to tie her fur and pass the band through as many times as it takes until it stays in place. If your pup prefers a puff ball look, tie the fur and pass the band through as many times just up until the last pass. At this point leave the band mid-way to create a puff ball look. Adjust the ball as needed.

4) Now it’s time to choose the bow you would like your pup to wear.

5) When you have chosen the dog bow of the day, slip your index finger and thumb inside the latex-free bands of the bow and gently place over the tied fur.

6) Another way to style your pup’s hair is with a topknot. This style is more difficult and is usually done if your pup’s hair is very long. First, divide the fur into two sections (front and back). Tie the front section with a band and secure in the bow, then gather all the fur together and tie once more with another band. Adjust the bow so the bands are covered.

Tips for bows on puppies:

One strategy to get your pups to LOVE dog bows is to put it on right before you take them for a walk. They will be more interested in seeing and sniffing the earth than to pay attention to the new object on their head. Using classical conditioning is a great way to teach puppies. They will associate a bow on their head with fun in the sun!

Final words about bow safety:

While there are many dog bows to choose from on the market today, we have to be careful to choose bows that are made of high quality material, are latex-free and do not contain wire-framed ribbons. It is also important to be cautious when buying bows with barrettes. While they may seem convenient, barrettes can be a choking hazard if your pup enjoys chewing on things. NYBowtique.com carries a full line of bows that fit these criterias and can help accessorize your pooch in a safe and stylish way. We even take custom design orders!

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