Do's and Don'ts of Dressing Your Dog for Halloween

Halloween can be great fun for dog owners. After all, who doesn't enjoy seeing their pooch dressed in silly costumes? But it's important to keep the comfort and safety of your dog in mind when picking that special costume for them.

Keep these tips in mind when you're searching for your dog's costume:

  1. Ensure a proper fit. Costumes should never restrict your dog's movement or be too tight for them. Regardless of how cute the costume may be, it won't be cute when your dog refuses to move. A good tip is to start your shopping early, so that you have time to return and exchange ill fitting costumes before Halloween if need be. If possible, bring your dog with you when browsing costumes. That way you can try the costume on them before you buy. Stores like Petco allow leashed pets in the store.
  2. Avoid costumes that cover your dog's eyes, nose, mouth or ears. Not only is this unsafe for your pet, but it obviously wouldn't be a comfortable costume as it would make your dog nervous. Many dog costumes come with hoods that go over your dog's head and most cover their ears. Should you decide to purchase one of these costumes, consider either not using the hood or altering the hood to provide large holes for their ears. Your dog will thank you for it.
  3. Dogs are not accustomed to wearing clothing. As such, try to put the costume on your dog a few times before the big day. This allows them a little time to get used to the feeling of the costume. Use treats and verbal praise to encourage your dog after putting the costume on.
  4. Don't be discouraged if your dog simply refuses to wear a costume. If your dog pulls the costume off or refuses to move in it, opt for a cute Halloween bandana or collar!