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How to Put a Bandana On a Dog

A bandana is an excellent option if you're looking for a way to dress up your pup without putting on an entire outfit.

They can add a little pizzazz to Fido's look without wrestling your pup into a sweater or jacket.

Learning how to put a bandana on a dog is simple and takes less than a minute!

Finding a bandana for your dog is really all about your personal preference.

What color or pattern are you looking for?

Do you want a bandana that ties around your pet's neck or is equipped with a clip or buckle?

Don't forget about your dog's comfort.

While almost every dog bandana is made of a soft material, some are made from synthetic fabrics that could chafe your dog's skin or give him a rash.

The best dog bandanas will be easy to put on and take off, comfortable for your pet, and made of durable material.

How to Put a Bandana On a Dog

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The first step to learning how to put a bandana on a dog is to measure your pet's neck.

You can't tie a bandana on your pet if the bandana is too small.

To do this, you'll need a fabric tape measure.

Measuring your dog's neck can be quickly done whether your dog is sitting, standing, or lying down.

Simply wrap the fabric tape measure around your pup's neck where a collar would sit.

Add a couple of inches to the measurement because you'll need some extra material to tie the bandana.


Once you have a large enough bandana to wrap around your dog's neck, learning how to put a bandana on a dog is simple.

In this article, I will describe the styles I use with my dogs: the classic cowboy look, the cape look, and the “roll and tie.”

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Classic Cowboy

The classic cowboy look is pictured above.

All you have to do is fold the bandana in half diagonally, like in the photo on the right.

Now, wrap the folded edge around your dog's neck and tie the ends together.

When tying the bandana, slip two fingers between the bandana and your dog's neck. You don't want it too tight, or it could choke your pup!

Bandana Cape

The cape look is done the same as the cowboy look, but you just turn the bandana around.

The triangular part of the bandana will be on your dog's back, which looks similar to a small cape.

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Roll And Tie

Sometimes, I like to use what I refer to as the “roll and tie” look.

This style is just as easy to learn as the other two mentioned above.

Fold the bandana in half diagonally.

Now, roll the folded side down about 1 inch.

Continue rolling the bandana, and tuck the pointed end in securely.

Wrap the bandana around your dog's neck and tie the ends. Don't forget to leave a finger's width between the bandana and the neck.

How To Put A Bandana On A Dog: Summary

These are the three ways that I put bandanas on my dogs.

If you have other bandana-tying tips, please share them in the comments below.

Or, better yet, share it on our social media pages with a picture of your pup!

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Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.