If you're looking for a way to dress up your canine companion without having to put on an entire outfit, a bandana may be a good option. They can add a little pizzazz to Fido's look without having to wrestle 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 one that is equipped with a clip or buckle?
Don't forget about your dog's comfort. While pretty much every bandana for dogs is made of a soft material, some are made from synthetic materials 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 a durable material.
How to Put a Bandana On a Dog
Measuring your dog's neck can be easily 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 bandana that is large enough to wrap around your dog's neck, learning how to put a bandana on a dog is simple – no matter which look you're going for. In this article, I'm going to describe the three styles that I use with my dogs: the classic cowboy look, the cape look, and the “roll and tie”.
The classic cowboy look is pictured above. All you have to do is fold the bandana in half diagonally, like the photo on the right. Now, wrap the folded edge around your dog's neck and tie the ends together.
When tying the bandana, be sure that you can slip two fingers between the bandana and your dog's neck. You don't want it to be too tight or it could choke your pup!
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.
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.
These are the 3 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 pooch!