Amber Walker, Owner and Dog Expert at Animal Intuitions
What to look for in a dog costume:
-Tails and ears and eyes should not be covered, tangled, or pinned.
-Should be loose enough to freely move but not too big for tripping.
-Never ride a dog as part of the costume (or ever!). This can lead to early arthritis and overall pain.
Overcome or prevent fear of costume:
-Introduce your dog to the costume ahead of time.
-They should wear it in adult supervision only.
-Drape it loosely across their body to start.
-Put it on, take it off around the house prior to Halloween.
-Treat the dog while they are wearing the costume.
-Smooth out skin and fur under costume so it’s not pinched.
Keep the dogs safe and calm during Halloween by being proactive:
-Our human costumes can also be very scary so pairing treats with the humans wearing human costumes can help dogs stay safe.
-Keep your own face uncovered when around your dog.
-Halloween candy is unsafe for our dogs. Never feed a dog Halloween candy. If they find it on their own, they may need medical attention quickly.
-Trick or treat doorbells may get dogs worked up, so set up a proactive environment with gates and enrichment or put dog in another room.
-Dog should wear their identification collar and microchip throughout Halloween in case they get spooked and dart away.