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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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.