How to Put a Bow on a Short-Haired Dog

Little Pug Bea in Sprinkle Pups Picture Perfect Bow

I don't know about you, but as a pug who loves to wear bows, I can tell you that I get a ton of attention whenever I wear one! I get all sorts of ooh's and ahh's and I make so many people smile when they see me! But on my Instagram account, the question that I get asked the most is, "How do you put those bows on?" 

Well, if you're a longer-haired dog like a Shih Tzu, Brussels Griffon or a Poodle, wearing a bow is pretty easy to do. You can secure it in the right place with a clip or elastic band. But, if you're a short-hair dog like me -- a pug, Frenchie, Golden retriever, or even a Labrador -- it's just not that easy! But today, I'm going to share a few alternative methods you can try to attach the bow. Some of them may work better for some dogs -- it's really a matter of preference, so here are a few options:

  1. Adhesive-backed Velcro: Cut a small piece of adhesive-backed Velcro and attach one side to the back of the bow and the other side to your dog's hair. Make sure the Velcro is positioned securely but not too tight to avoid discomfort.

  2. Pet-safe adhesive: Use a pet-safe adhesive, such as a non-toxic glue or adhesive specifically designed for pet grooming, to attach the bow directly to your dog's hair. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the back of the bow and carefully press it onto your dog's head. Be sure to use a pet-friendly adhesive that can be easily removed without causing harm to your dog's skin or hair.

  3. Bow tie collar attachment: Consider using a bow tie attachment designed to be attached to your dog's collar instead of directly to their hair. This option works well for dogs with short hair, as it eliminates the need for securing the bow to their head.

  4. Hair clips or bobby pins: If the bow is lightweight, you can try using small hair clips or bobby pins to secure the bow to the surrounding hair on your dog's head. Be sure to use clips or pins that are specifically designed for pets and won't cause discomfort or injury.

  5. Fabric wrap: This is our favorite way! Take a small strip of soft fabric or ribbon that matches the bow and gently wrap it around your dog's head, securing the bow in place. Make sure it's not too tight and that your dog feels comfortable with the fabric wrap. Our Simply Cute and Picture Perfect bow collections are really good "first" bows for your dog, since they are extremely soft and comfortable. 

If you're armed with the proper treats, you can usually get a dog to wear a bow long enough for you to snap a good photo. And with enough photo sessions and treats, it's very likely that your dog will soon learn to love photoshoots like I do! (We still recommend close supervision though, whenever your dog is wearing clothing or accessories to avoid any mishaps.)

Little Pug Beatrix in Sprinkle Pups Strawberry Shortcake harness with Strawberries on Top double bow harness charm

However, if your dog is resistant to the hair bow style of bows, there's one more way that long or short-hair dogs can wear a bow and still stand out of the pack. And that's by simply slipping on to your dog's harness -- what could be easier than that? Your pup won't even notice that it's there, so there's no coaxing or training required, and you will still have the compliments rolling in! We've created a special type of accessory just for this purpose called harness charms, and they simply attach to your dog's harness or collar with an elastic loop. You can learn more about harness/collar attachments here, or check out our custom collection that we have here

 ---Wags and kisses, Little Pug Beatrix, Chief Marketing Pug


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