21 Sep 2014
Halloween is a fun holiday that we can share with our dogs. Not only can we dress up in our favorite costume, but we can also dress our best friend up in a costume, too! You and your dog can be someone else and go trick or treating. Just be sure your dog gets doggy treats and no chocolate.
When it comes to choosing a Halloween costume for your dog, there are some things you should keep in mind: safety, comfort, and your dog’s personality. You may think your dog would look great wearing a three-foot wide aluminum flying saucer but if your dog wants to eat it and it’s not comfortable for him – and it’s totally not his personality – chances are that it’s not the best costume for him.
Safety. One of the most important things to consider when choosing a costume for your dog is safety. There are all kinds of Halloween costumes for dogs today. Some of them are very extravagant and they look like they might have come from Broadway shows. But please keep in mind that your dog has to wear these contraptions. If the costume has a hat, an eye patch, a visor, or something else that covers his eyes, it can impair his vision and cause problems. If your dog can’t see, he’s likely to walk into things or be unenthusiastic about walking at all. Take your photos with the dog wearing the hat but lose it before letting him try to walk in it.
If the costume has a cape or trails the ground, your dog could trip on it and fall. So, if you think your dog would look cute as UnderDog, if the costume comes with a cape, you may have to do some alterations to make it safe for your dog to wear.
Comfort. From your dog’s point of view, comfort is probably the most important consideration. Your dog is only wearing the costume to please you and make you happy. If he has to wear the costume, make sure that it’s comfortable for him. That means you need to avoid costumes that are very restrictive. Costumes that have tight bands, especially around the neck or the legs, will likely be unpopular with your dog. Make sure your dog has plenty of room in these areas.
You should also consider the fabric weight when choosing a costume. If you have a dog with a thick coat, he will probably appreciate a lighter weight fabric. Anything heavy weight will probably be uncomfortable for him. A smoothcoated dog will probably be able to wear heavier fabrics without much problem but don’t overdo it. Putting a sherpa parka on a smoothcoated dog, even in October, will probably make many dogs uncomfortable.
Personality. Remember that every dog is a unique individual. Some dogs enjoy dressing up much more than other dogs. If your dog has dressed up for Halloween or is used to wearing clothes for other reasons, he will probably like wearing a costume better than a dog that has never worn a costume before.
However, just because your dog hasn’t dressed up for Halloween before doesn’t mean he won’t like it. Try choosing a simpler costume for him so you won’t have to fuss a lot when you put it on. Keep things simple and comfortable for your dog. Don’t make your dog wear the costume for long periods of time. Keep things fun when your dog wears the costume.
If you keep these three things in mind – safety, comfort, and your dog’s personality – you should be able to choose a great costume for your dog. Remember to start looking at costumes early. There are lots of costumes to choose from and you’ll want plenty of time to decide. Happy Halloween!
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