Archive for Dog Costumes

Every dog owner wants great dog accessories for their furry friend, but sometimes we just don’t want to pay a massive amount for them. Shopping online, shopping clearance sales at the local pet shops, and even finding cute hand made items can still end up costing more than you really want to spend. Well, instead of spending a ton of money on little accessories for your favorite pooch, why not learn how to make some cute ones at home without spending any money? Here are three easy do-it-yourself ideas for cute dog accessories that you can easily pull off at home:

 

  1. Onesie T-Shirts: For those with smaller dogs or toy breeds, you love seeing them in cute little shirts and other dress up fun but those outfist can be expensive. So why not make your own out of some cute little onesies? You can easily take old or new onesies for babies and turn them into super cute dog shirts. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 onesie, needle and thread (or sewing machine), scissors, pencil or pen, and a ruler. Rule of thumb for these cute DIY shirts, if your dog weighs less than 15 pounds you will need a newborn size if they are 15 and above you will need the 0-3 months size, and if you have a 6 pound or under pooch, look for preemie sizes. Now, put the onesie on your dog with the graphic up on their back. Mark off where the bottom should be cut right about where their hips start, so nothing is in the way of them walking. Cut along that line, then sew a simple hem in that area of the onesie. Once your hem is done, so is your new dog shirt! It really is that easy!
  2. Snazzy Dog Collars: Oh don’t fall for those cute little blinged up collars at the pet store that cost $20 or more. You can easily make your own at home with just a few things and you’ll be able to totally customize it however you want! Here’s what you’ll need: a plain dog collar of your choice, different sized and colored rhinestones, hot glue gun, and tweezers. Now, you simply warm up the hot glue gun (which can be found at most larger discount stores for less than $10) and use the tweezers to hold the rhinestones as you put a small dot of hot glue on them. Place them on the collar where you want them to go with the tweezers and let dry. You can use strong craft glue for this, but hot glue will give and bend a bit more when the collar is bent around your dog’s neck. With this easy idea, you can make different collars for different times of the year or as your dog gets older.
  3. Costumes: Halloween and other holidays mean fun dress up times for your tiny dog but expensive items for you. Thank goodness there are thousands of different dog costume patterns out there that you can easily make at home! It is a bit harder to show you exactly how to do these all in one article, because there are so many different costumes out there. The great thing is that there are hundreds of free patterns that you can find all over the place for costumes like hot dogs, a shark eating your dog, a cowboy, and so on. Or with just a little bit of imagination at a thrift shop in the kid’s section, you can find some great ideas for the perfect dog costume for your little baby.

 

With just these three little ideas, you can easily cut out some of the biggest costs that come with dog accessories. Making your own collars, your own clothing, and your own costumes for your dog will not only help you save money, but it will help keep you up on the latest trends in dog accessories as well as your pooch looking as cute as possible.

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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No matter what kind of clothing or costume you buy for your dog, or how much money you spend, it won’t look good unless you buy the right size. But how are you supposed to know your dog’s size? Especially when it comes to a costume? Afterall, if you’re buying a hotdog costume for your dog, who knows what size hotdog will fit your dog, right?

 

Measuring Your Dog

No matter what kind of clothes or costume you are thinking of buying, you usually need the same basic measurements from of your dog: the neck, chest, ribcage, and body length. The easiest way to measure your dog is with a measuring tape – the same kind that dressmakers use. You can find them at the drugstore or sometimes in the grocery store with the sewing things. If you don’t have a measuring tape you can also use a tape measure such as you would use for measuring a home project. As a last resort you can take a piece of string and use it to get your dog’s measurements and then use a ruler to measure the string.

You should allow plenty of space around the neck so the clothes or costume won’t be too tight. Then measure the other areas. Measure the chest from side to side at the wides points. Measure your dog’s ribcage just behind the elbows. To measure your dog’s body length you can measure from the back of your dog’s neck, where the neck joins the back, to the root of the tail – where the tail rises up from the body.

Buy Larger When In Doubt

Once you have all the measurements you can compare them with the sizes available for the clothing or costume you are considering. If there is any conflict in the measurements, you should always choose a larger size. For example, if your dog’s chest and body length suggest he should have a medium size costume, but his neck is larger, you should get the larger sized costume. If the clothes or costume are too small for your dog in any way, he may rip them or tear them either accidentally or by trying to make himself more comfortable. Always go larger if you have any doubts.

You should also keep in mind that it’s possible some clothes and costumes can shrink a little when you wash them. It can also be hard to predict how some clothes and costumes are cut or made. If your dog is borderline between small and medium or medium and large, getting the larger size will give him plenty of room in case the outfit runs small. You can always take the outfit in a little if necessary.

Accessories

When it comes to accessories like bows, hats, and other things, you can usually rely on the sizes given. Most of these items fit directly on your dog so there is less variation in how they are made for dogs.

If you’re buying a costume for your dog that is made of a stretch material, then it’s not as important to get bigger sizes since the costume is more forgiving. However, you should always keep your dog’s comfort in mind. Don’t try to wedge him into a tight costume or he’ll be uncomfortable.

Masks

Dogs often don’t appreciate masks and other accessories that go over their faces, even when they fit well, so if you need your dog to wear a mask for a photo, it’s a good idea to get the picture snapped quickly and then do away with the mask or face gear if your dog doesn’t like it.

Buy Early

Clothes for dogs can be found online and in pet stores. Costumes tend to be more seasonal, especially for holidays like Halloween. If you’re planning to have your dog wear a Halloween or other costume, it’s a good idea to buy the costume ahead of time and let your dog try it on so you can make sure it fits properly.

Costumes For Dogs

For many dogs, the only time they have the opportunity to wear doggy clothes comes when they wear costumes for a special occasion like Halloween. But you can find costumes for dogs for many occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, the 4th of July, parties, and even for weddings – whether a doggy wedding or for your own wedding. Dogs always look wonderful in costumes.

Halloween

Most Halloween costumes for dogs are whimsical or humorous – perhaps because there’s something innately humorous about seeing a dog dressed up like another animal or some other object. Or maybe it’s because they just look so darn cute. http://tinyurl.com/c4vxfkt Most dogs accept wearing a Halloween costume with good grace, especially if it’s something like a body suit. If the costume has wings or other appendages, you should monitor it carefully to make sure it doesn’t poke the dog or frighten him. If it crinkles or makes some kind of noise when the dog walks, be sure to stay close by so your dog doesn’t become frightened. And be sure that you don’t let your dog eat the costume!

Christmas

Costumes for Christmas range from Santa and elf costumes, complete with beards and coats made of red velvet, to fancier outfits for Christmas parties. Many dog owners dress up their dogs around the holidays so they can take them to parties. If you do take your dog to a party keep in mind that your dog can only stay on his best behavior for so long. He still needs to go outside to potty and he will need water to drink during the party. He may also need a quiet place to get away from people at some point. Make sure that you don’t let your dog eat Christmas candy, chocolate or other sweets when he’s at a party. This is true for Valentine’s Day, too

4th of July

Uncle Sam costumes are popular for dogs around Independence Day. Many owners like to take their dogs to parades and outdoor events at this summer holiday. Remember that some dogs are afraid of the noise from fireworks so your dog might prefer to stay home at night with the TV on loud so the noise will be muffled.

Weddings and parties

If you are attending a wedding or formal party with your dog dressed up, try to choose your dog’s outfit ahead of time so you won’t be rushed. This will also allow you to find something else or make any changes if the outfit doesn’t fit or you change your mind. If you need to find some accessories to go with the outfit, you’ll also have plenty of time to track them down. Don’t scoff, but some owners plan weddings for their dogs. There are some gorgeous doggy wedding dresses available. http://tinyurl.com/ckj4pkb You might even need some doggy bridesmaid dresses and clothes for the groom. These things take planning! So give yourself plenty of time to find the clothes and accessories your dog needs.

Dog costumes are fun for both you and your dog. You don’t have to limit costumes to Halloween. Your dog can wear a wonderful costume for lots of great occasions.

Does your dog secretly long to be a superhero? Maybe your little princess puppy would like to look like a princess? Or maybe you just love the idea of dressing your dog up for Halloween and having some fun with your family and friends? Whatever the case, Halloween is a great time of year for dressing up pets in costumes. There’s a booming business in pet costumes and you’re sure to find one that appeals to you or your dog.

 

Where to find costumes

In your local pet store and online you can find lots of great ideas for costumes. You can dress your best friend as a cowboy, a pirate, a swashbuckler, or a dinosaur! There are feminine costumes for princesses, ballerinas, butterflies, and brides. Dress your boy dog as a little devil, put him in a tuxedo, or dress him as Elvis! You can find every kind of costume you can imagine.

 

Choosing a costume

When you choose your dog’s costume be sure to get the right size. Costume sizing should be accurate but if you are in doubt, it’s better to get a costume that is a little larger than one that is too small. Take your dog’s measurements before you go shopping so you will know for sure what sizes your dog needs.

 

A few tips

  • Some dogs enjoy getting dressed up more than others. If your dog doesn’t enjoy wearing a costume, keep it simple and don’t make him wear it for a long time.

 

  • Avoid complicated costumes with lots of pieces and parts. They can break and your dog might possibly eat a  piece of the costume.

 

  • Avoid costumes that have pieces that stick out or wave around. Many dogs find costumes like this frightening.

 

  • Some dogs don’t like hats or things on their faces so if the costume has something like this, be sure to supervise your dog closely when he is wearing it and remove it when you can’t watch your dog.

 

  • Don’t keep the costume on your dog for long periods of time. Most dogs will get tired of wearing them. They will often remove the costume themselves if you don’t remove it.

 

  • If you are taking your dog trick or treating, remember that dogs can’t eat chocolate. It can be toxic to them.  Only give your dog treats that are safe for dogs to eat.

 

  • If you are taking your dog out for Halloween, try to make sure there won’t be things that will frighten him such as fireworks or loud music. If you are having a Halloween party at home, it’s often a good idea to limit the amount of time your dog spends with guests. Many dogs feel more comfortable if they can relax in another part of the home during a party, away from the noise.

 

Dogs can have a fun time at Halloween and they look adorable in their costumes. If you plan ahead you should be able to find the perfect costume for your dog.

As Halloween approaches, you may wonder what to get your pooch attired in for the big event. With the selections available, you are sure to find exactly what you want.

Taking your own efforts into consideration, you will want one that is easy to put on your dog. Velcro closures do simplify the process, but some have too long a belly seam for male dogs. For this reason, tabs may be a better choice for your boy.

It doesn’t matter if your dog weighs two pounds or two hundred. It is only important that your baby likes to get dressed. There are some dogs that you cannot persuade to dress and be “cute”. Others think it is just the thing for a holiday dress.

If you have ever been to a doggie Halloween costume party you have probably seen costumes of every variety. The traditional to the most unlikely, all will be evident at these events. Every dachshund owner has the thought of dressing their pooch as a hot dog. It is cute, but common. Perhaps for a change you may want to dress them up as hamburgers. Hamburger costumes are available. It will draw attention to your creativity.

Maybe that 160 pound mastiff can go as a ballerina. Now that would be a show stopper for sure. It all depends on the demeanor of your mastiff. If it is one that objects to having a collar placed around the neck, it probably won’t want to be dressed in anything other than the collar when you take it out for a party.

Dogs do have feelings. Some like the revelry associated with dress-up parties and some do not. It depends on their tolerance. If they will let you put a hat or a pair of sunglasses on them, you may have reached the limit. Others will allow the dress, but don’t want you to touch the head. You know your dog best and should judge your outfit on what will allow the dog to be comfortable.

Little dogs can be just about anything you would like them to be and be cute. An easy to dress pooch will probably strut their stuff when you arrive at the party. Boots and shoes may not go well. If you have ever seen the awkward gait that a dog with boots has, you will understand. It appears they are trying to step out of a mud puddle with every step. Perhaps you need to stop at the costume level.

If you are planning on hosting a Halloween party for your dogs friends, you may put a them to it. Choosing fairy tales is always popular. The girls can come as Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland. The boys can come as prince charming or the mad hatter. Most of the other fairy tales have costumes available as well. From Little Red Riding Hood to Batman, someone has thought of it before you did.

A quick search on the internet will yield all of the fairy tale or other costumes that are available today. Watch your prices and your shipping costs. There are times when you can visit a local pet store and possibly pay a little more, but come out ahead, due to the shipping.

Looking for the perfect dog Halloween costume, then check out Pampered-dog-gifts.com where they have over 100 dog halloween costumes for your pampered canine. Costumes for all types and sizes of dogs.

Leprechaun Dog Costume

leprechaun costumeDoes your dog like to dress for St Patricks Day.  If so, this leprechaun costume will look adorable on him.  There is also a girl leprechaun version for your female pup.

Two piece Leprechaun boy costume, includes green shirt and top hat.

Two piece Leprechaun girl costume, includes green dress and top hat.

Check out the variety of St Patricks day gifts for your dog at Pampered-Dog-Gifts.com


Dog Santa Costume

Santa Claus Dog Costume Does your dog love to play Santa Paws. If so, then this
Santa Claus Dog Costume
is perfect for him. This suit includes the jacket, hat and belt. Your pooch will be the life of your Christmas party.

Elf Dog Costume

Elf Dog Costume
Dress your pooch in this
Elf Dog Costume
for Christmas. This costume is just adorable. Includes the hat, tunic and cuffs. Your pup can be Santa’s helper this year.

Cave Dog Halloween Costume

cave dog

cave dog

The Cave Dog Halloween Costume.

Me Cave dog, you Jane your little dog will bark. With this two piece adorable costume and hat, your dog will look like the perfect Caveman’s best friend. With an adorable leopard print, this costume will have the other dogs at the party feeling jealous. Sure, the wheel may not have been invented yet, but it won’t keep your little Cave Dog from having a great time. Just be careful, you don’t want your dog to be the one who invents fire.

This dog costume comes complete with the caveman bone- sure to show off the “neanderthal” side of your little beast. This adorable cave dog costume is perfect for a boy or girl pooch, and is an easy two-piece fit, complete with the leopard-skin styling and easy to attach velcro.