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The Dos and Don’ts of Halloween Costumes for Dogs

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the dos and don’ts of halloween costumes for dogs

You are planning to dress up your dog in the cutest dinosaur or pumpkin costume for Halloween. This may be a great opportunity to capture precious photos of your dog for an Instagram post about Halloween. However, it may not be a good idea as your dog might not feel comfortable wearing their costume throughout the night. 

If you decide to dress up your pup, check out the following steps to ensure your dog feels safe, comfortable, and stress-free during the spookiest night of the year: 

1. Comfortable clothing allows your dog’s normal movement, vision, and breathing. 

Costumes that restrict movement, sight or airways for dogs who are going trick-or treating with their family should not be worn. Costumes that involve a tight head or neck piece or include accessories, such as goggles, may not be the best way to decorate your pup on Halloween. Also, your dog’s ears are very sensitive, it is important to select a costume that will not irritate their ears. 

2. Try on your pup’s costume prior to Halloween. 

Let your dog strut down the runway in a pre-Halloween fashion show to ensure they feel comfortable and content in their costume. Watch for signs of stress or uncomfortableness so you can adjust their costume before Halloween festivities begin.  

3. Your dog’s tags play a key role on Halloween. 

Halloween is unfortunately a popular night for dogs to escape. With people dressed in costumes walking around neighborhoods and frequently ringing your doorbell, your dog may become anxious and try to hide or run away. Keep your dog close to you at all times, even if they have a sudden fright or energy surge. In the event your dog gets out of your home or off their leash, it is important to keep their collars on with their tags easily accessible and legible. Make sure that the information is current and accurate. 

4. Reflective tape and glow sticks are great additions to your dog’s Halloween costume. 

Adding a reflective element to your dog’s costume will help them be seen once the sun goes down. Glowsticks can be added to a dog’s leash to increase their visibility by other trick-or-treaters and cars. 

5. Check for safety hazards caused by your dog’s costume. 

Before your Halloween festivities begin, check your dog’s costume for any pieces that may become loose and become choking hazards. Secondly, be watchful for any areas of tightness caused by the costume which may result in breathing complications if your dog twists and turns at random. Halloween can be an exciting holiday, but costume safety should be considered to ensure there are no problems or injuries. 

 6. Is your dog comfortable in their costume? 

Dressing up in costumes can make dogs feel stressed. If your dog is showing signs of stress or begins to act in an abnormal way, it will be in your dog’s best interest to remove their costume. To keep your dog happy and cool, a Halloween-themed collar/bandana can be a great option.  

If Halloween seems to be an extra spooky night for your pup, get them tired out with a day of daycare at Dogtopia! You may also want to consider letting your dog spend the night so they can have a relaxing night free of ghosts and goblins with the most caring staff. Find a location near you Learn more about our daycare or boarding services.

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