Wedding attire for black Lab


I am getting married in October 2010. It's gonna be an outdoor wedding by a lake. It's not gonna be a real fancy wedding, just simple stuff and I want my big black Lab to be in the wedding. She is a great dog and does anything I ask her to do but I have no clue how to dress a dog that big for a wedding.

Please if you have any ideas thay will help greatly. THANKS!!! Maybe like something to go around her neck or a headband or something along those lines.


First of all, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! It sounds like you will have a lovely setting and minimal stress (Stan and I got married over 25 years ago at our favorite campground next to a pond and it was a relaxed and fun wedding - that was before we had any dogs otherwise they would have been part of it too.)

Since you will want the focus to be on you and your partner rather than your dog, it would be best to do something simple that would not be irritating to your black Lab. So I think something decorative that can be put over her collar, where you can still access the D-ring if she needs to be leashed in a hurry, would be better than a headband.

You could make a tube out of fabric that matches something you or any attendants are wearing that slips over the collar and perhaps add small artificial flowers (glued or sewn on). You may want to add some Velcro at each end of the tube and matching spots on the collar to keep it in place if it's a slippery fabric.

I would suggest that you try this on your black Lab and have her get used to wearing it some time before the wedding since emotions are likely to be heightened on the day and she will pick up on that. It will also give you a chance to see how good it looks and wears.

All the best to you and the person you're marrying!


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Materials to make dog coats?

by laura higgins
(lincolnshire )


What type of materials do i need for a dog coat?


A wide variety of materials can be used. It all depends on what type of coat you want to make for your dog.

If you want something to keep your dog warm, materials to use could include quilting, fleece, wool, and anything that is fairly thick but not too heavy. Consider using an old quilt, blanket or sleeping bag for the material. Or use a human coat that is being discarded, especially if you're making a coat for a smaller dog.

If you want a coat that will keep your dog dry, look at our homemade dog raincoat. We used a thicker vinyl. You can also cut the material from an old raincoat or get waterproof nylon or vinyl at a fabric store.

Finally, consider weaving a dog coat or make one out of yarn that has been knitted or crocheted. In this case you may want to add a lining so that it will be warmer in windy weather.

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Weight vest for dog

Does anyone know how I could make a weight vest for my dog?

Steven, thank you for your question. This sounds like a great way to build up dog muscle and also tire out an aggressive dog.

I have never made one of these weight vests for either a dog or a person, but looking at the photo from the product listing for a dog weight vest at it should not be too difficult to replicate.

They pretty much tell you what materials they use: "Heavy cordura denier backed fabric that is double stitched in construction...On the underside of the vest the back & shoulder areas are felt & sheepskin lined. The girth and chest straps are also sheepskin lined."

For the material, you could use old jeans or anything else that is a pretty strong fabric and then use a softer fabric such as sheepskin, felt, or quilting for the underside.

The basic design appears pretty simple - a rectangle with the long side going across the dog's body, with pockets on either side that start a couple of inches away from the dog's backbone. Look at the drawing to see how far back you place the weight vest - you will NOT want to have weight over the dog's kidneys.

A sheepskin-padded strap is added for the chest area (you could use padded straps from an old backpack instead if the dog will not be wearing this exercise vest for long periods) and one for underneath the dog's belly.

Place them according to what will be good for your dog - you will need to check and recheck for the best location. Consider using safety pins to hold the straps on while you are experimenting.

Of course, you'd want to make sure that the dog weight vest stays balanced and does not slip when the dog starts moving. And you will want to ensure that no chafing is occurring and no sores develop.

You can easily make your own weighted bags that fit into pockets on the vest - any material that is dense such as pebbles, flour (if you can keep the bags dry) or even kidney beans should work. Tailor the size of your pockets to the size of your bags. Note that you can use Velcro instead of zippers to close up the pockets. Old backpack materials should work great for making tough bags.

A final thing is to make sure that the two sides of the weight vest are identical in terms of pocket size and weights used.

That's what came to my mind regarding making a weight vest for a dog. Visitors, if you have anything to add or a different idea, please comment below.

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Make a Dog Coat from a Man's Shirt

by Carol Haggard
(Vaughn, Montana)


How would I go about, taking a man's shirt and adapting it for a dog coat?


Carol, that is a good question. It depends on a variety of things.

If you're making the coat for a dog that is pretty big, then it may just be a matter of trying the shirt on the dog, and seeing where you have to tighten things up and where you might need to add some extra material.

However, my druthers would be to take the shirt apart at the seams, and then use the pattern and instructions for making a dog raincoat. Velcro makes a wonderful and easy fastener.

One other thing to consider is that if you are making this coat for use in Montana winters, you will want more than just shirt material. In that case, it would be better to use an old coat or else use the shirt to make two layers and put quilting batting in between.

Your ideas are welcome too! Simply add them to the Comments below.

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Help needed: Anxiety vest for dog

by Deb
(Plano, IL)


I am looking for a pattern to make a dog wrap/anxiety vest. I am especially interested in the fabric that is used also. Thank you - Frazzled dog owner.


Visitors, this one's for you! Does anyone have any ideas about such a vest and the fabric that would be required? Please add your comments below. Thanks! Jo

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Help Needed With Large Dog Crocheted Sweater Pattern

by Tiffany
(Gulfport, MS)


I am trying to find a sweater pattern for a very large pit bull. I would love to crochet it since he has a 40" chest circumference! Single crochet is good since im trying to incorporate a "M" on the back. If anyone can help me that would be great. this size is very hard to find!


Visitors - how about it - do you have any large dog crochet patterns you can recommend? If not, here's our suggestion for Tiffany:

Look at the crocheted sweater pattern I created for Pebble to get the basic shape. You can find photos here. As you can see, the rear end is tapered to midway along the body, and so is the inside of the neck area.

Next take a piece of old sheet or other fabric at least 40" wide that you don't mind cutting up and drape it over your dog. Outline the area you want covered by the sweater with a marker and cut the fabric, loosely following the shape from the photos but so that the fabric meets in the middle under your dog. Make sure the body of the sweater will clear your dog's privates. Check the cut out piece of fabric against your dog when you have finished and make adjustments where needed.

Make a test swatch with your yarn of 10 stitches single chain across and 4 rows up. Determine how many stitches you generate per inch and how many rows per inch and record those amounts.

Now measure the fabric across the rear end and divide it by the number of single chain stitches you crochet per inch. That is how many stitches you cast on to start with. So for example if your gauge is 4 sc per inch and you want the sweater to come down 12 inches per side from the middle, the total rear end measurement is 24 inches. Multiply 24 x 4 and you see that you need to cast on 96 stitches.

To get to the 40" circumference, you will need to increase to 160 sc across (40 x 4 inches). Going from 96, this means you need to add 64 stitches over a certain number of rows. If you increase each row by 2 stitches, one on each end, then you are working with 64/2 or 32 rows. If your single crochet comes to 4 rows per inch, this means your taper will end (i.e., the sweater will come together underneath your dog) 8 inches from the rear end. If this is not enough to clear the dog's privates, only do an increase every other row instead of every row.

Once you have your circumference, you can just keep crocheting straight rows until you reach the dog's neck. At this time, follow the outline of the fabric you cut out by crocheting one side at a time. You can taper it by decreasing every other row or so, or you can forego the taper. Just crochet enough rows so that when you are done the two halves will meet so you can fasten them. Note that they do not need to be the same length since you can fasten them on one side of the dog's neck rather than underneath.

Hope this helps.


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size regarding a dog sweater pattern

by Patty
(Calgary, AB, Canada)


Regarding the pattern

It has 4 sizes but not a measurement for each size. So I don't know what size to make.

Could you please advise? I want to make this for a friend at work who has a smallish size dog.



Hello Patty, and sorry for the belated response.

It would be best to go to the original instructions at Doggone Knit

Best wishes,

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