I’ve been reviewing dog products and dog fashion at PupStyle for over 16 years and just when I think I’ve seen it all, a new idea creeps up that has me wondering if I should laugh, cry or rejoice? Yes, I’ve styled a pug to look like Olivia Newton on Wendy Willams for a dog fashion show, but this new dog Onesie by Shed Defender – Putting Dog Hair in its Place – Red – XS takes “Lets Get Physical” to a new level.
This one-piece dog suite was designed to protect your home and car from unwanted dog shedding but the founder, Tyson Walters also found it useful for protecting surgical site wounds and claims it might be able to replace the cone of shame. The company also markets this for reducing anxiety and protecting your dogs coat from dirt and wet sand at the beach for example.
In theory this seems like a handy idea, but after putting the product to the test on my 9th month old puppy Norman, I see it as more of a torture device. The cut and colors of the suit are stylish and would look cute styled with a hoodie, for an “active wear look” but my PupStyler became very anxious and started biting and pulling on the legs to get it off. Norman is very mellow and usually lets me dress him up in anything but he was angry at the Shed Defender!
Norman is also ultra fluffy and I found it impossible to zip up the suite without getting his hair stuck in the zipper. I also had to be VERY careful not to zip up his “jewels” in the process because it’s designed to cover literally everything under the belly. In order for the dog to pee, you must unzip it or else you get a leotard loaded with pee and poo.
Dog onesies are not anything new in pet fashion but the most successful designs leave an opening for the dog to do it’s business and avoid zippers at all cost on the underbelly. Velcro or buttons would be a safer design option to consider. I can’t say all dogs will react like Norman and some may actually like it but to test it out you will have to drop $39.00. You be the judge.