5 Ways to Show Off your Dog Mom Swag this Spring

You may have heard, or used, the term “dog mom” before. You may even call yourself one. Loosely defined, a dog mom is one who considers her pup her baby, her child, her world. If you find that your dog has organized playdates, special outfits for the weather, or that she eats better meals than you do, you may be a dog mom. And a crucial part of being a dog mom is the swag that comes with the title. Like repping your favorite sports team (but better), it’s key to show the world where your priorities are. So whether your kitchen has a “dog mom” sign above the sink, you’re out running errands in your tie dye hoodie that boasts the title, or your dog’s leash is bedazzled with the pup’s own name, here are a few ways to show off your identity as a dog mom – and to make sure that no one will forget it. 


Go For a Stroll

Ok, duh. Stating the obvious here: the best way to show the world you’re a dog mom (and a stylish one at that) is to get out into the world with your pup and the apparel that sends the message. Time to walk the dog? Think of it like running to the grocery store: you don’t need to dress like you’re going on a date, or to a job interview, but you want to look both stylish and casual so you’re strolling with your pup in something you’re proud of. The cute dog is the first easy accessory. The next step? Throw on some of that dog mom swag. When you catch someone walking their pup in a tie dye hoodie with a dog-related pun or slogan on it, or even one that advocates for a dog-related cause (rescue dogs, for example), it elevates that person from dog owner to dog mom status. And if you think it sounds like overkill, just imagine standing, leash in tow, waiting while your dog does her business. The whole scene will look a lot cuter if your t-shirt says “pawz.”


Take Advantage of Social Media

Picture this: you have the perfect outfit put together, from shoes to earrings to the cropped hoodie that tells everyone your dog is your world. Your pup deserves some major outdoor time, and you’re both eager to hit the town together. But a wrench in your plans? It’s pouring out. April showers, everybody. That’s where social media comes in, so you can show off that dog mom swag without leaving the house. Fortunately, there are a few different ways you can make your spring debut.

  • Tease Them With a Story

An Instagram story, or even a Facebook story, is one of the best ways to give a quick glimpse of what’s to come without giving it all away. It’s brief, up for only 24 hours, and your followers and friends can only really see it for a few seconds at a time. It can be a quick snap of your outfit in the mirror, a selfie with your pup, whatever you feel shows off the fit to the world best. Give them a little teaser with the story, something that’s not available forever, something that gives just a hint of those spring dog mom fits you’ll be stepping out in when that first sunny day comes around. 

  • The Instagram Soft Launch

Some people take to Instagram to soft launch a new relationship. Some brands use the platform to soft launch a product. It’s a teaser campaign that takes things up a notch from the brief, impermanent story format. It’s a way to tactfully present your spring dog mom swag to your followers without throwing it in their faces. A soft launch consists of carefully curated posts, often a few of them so your peers begin to see a pattern, giving glimpses into what’s new in your life. In this case: your revamped dog mom wardrobe. A shot of you drinking coffee in your new tie dye hoodie, a snap of your dog wearing a tie dye bandana that (little do your viewers know) matches your outfit, maybe even a selfie of the two of you before heading out to run a rainy day errand. Ease into it – or don’t. Either way, if you can’t get out for a stroll, social media is your best friend when it comes to showing off. 


Buy What’s “In” – But Dog Mom Version

Styles are constantly changing. During the pandemic, masks became a part of our wardrobe. Tie dye clothing came back around, as people were spending time doing crafts at home. At some point in the past few years, people started putting stickers all over water bottles and laptops. The good news is? All of these things can be dog mom-ified. Athleisure is in – so throw on a cropped tie dye hoodie that tells the world you’re a dog mom. If you’re looking for cute socks to jazz up your athleisure outfit, grab some that send the dog mom message to bring them to another level. Want to stack some necklaces? Find a dog bone-shaped charm. And those big bags everyone is carrying these days? You bet there’s a dog mom verison. Not only can you add a little dog mom swag to every outfit this spring, you can do it while staying in-vogue, too. 


Be The Match… With Your Pup

Finally, if you really want to take things up a notch, get your dog some swag that matches with your own. It could be a leash that’s color coordinated with your outfit, a sweater to keep your dog warm that goes along with your own, or even something simple like half of a best friends-style necklace charm on her collar (with the other half dangling around your wrist). With this sort of swag in tow for you and your pup, onlookers will be jealous of the both of you. 

Spring is here. We, and our dogs, are all coming out of the winter hibernation. The sun is shining on us as you, for the first time in months, can take a casual stroll with the pup without bundling up in as many layers as possible. So gear up in your tie dye hoodie and your dog mom swag and show the world what you’re all about. From the most stylish athleisure wear to beach towels to charms, when you’re repping your pup all the time, you’ll be the dog mom we all wish we were.

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