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    Question She Hates Being Naked

    Hi all,

    I was wondering if any one has had any experience with this before. Our rescue Minnie is having this odd thing happen, she is bright happy and very out going when she is wearing a jumper or t-shirt, but if she has nothing on she is shy, and she hates being patted. I initially thought it might have something to do with sensitive skin but i am not so sure, she is fine being "naked" in the bath and i take of her top before bed, but the rest of the time at the moment she is wearing something. I am not a fan of it, i think dogs have fur they dont need clothes but i also want her to get her confidence and be outgoing.

    has any one ever seen this before?

    thanks

    cas

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    I've never heard of this before, sounds like a security thing. Hope someone can give you some good advice.

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    I agree with emma, sounds like a security thing.
    She probably just feels more protected and safe with something over her like a jumper.

    You could try starting off with a big jumper and wean her down to smaller and smaller ones, eventually ending up with a thin cotton shirt and then nothing.

    My dogs feel "special" when they have their coats on and like to show off.
    If I get them out of the cupboard on a cold day they do a dance and spin around so their bums are facing me waiting for me to put them on

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    Maybe because previously a big song and dance has been made about her and the coat.

    Oh isn't she cute, etc, thus rewarding her.

    If she feels more secure in it and it's cold I say why not let her wear it.

    My mum's Chi wears a coat in winter and loves it. I'm sure it's because everyone always comments on it and he just laps up the attention.

    Come summer though he's also happy to get rid of it.

    My mum puts two on him and takes one off once the sun has come up so he doesn't have a sudden drop in temperature. Mind you he's only just starting to put one on now.

    Just ignore any reaction, coat on or off. Sometimes they feel the sudden change in temperature, shiver or such a bit and people say for instance "Oh poor baby are you missing your coat"? My SIL does this to mum's Chi, drives me nuts.

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    Has she been recently clipped?
    Sometimes I wonder if dogs from a rescue background might be used to having alot of coat, even a thick matted coat. And much as this is not nice from our point of view, they might feel a bit breezy and exposed once it's clipped off.
    Maybe her jumper does make her feel more secure?

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    Thank you all for your thoughts,

    apparently her coat was is very poor condition when the RSPCA got her, so perhaps her jumper makes her feel more like her. Perhaps it is just that she likes the feel or it makes her feel loved, either way it could have been much worse i guess.

    after having read some stories online about rescued dog, if this is her only issue i can live with it.

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