Halloween is considered that scary time of the year; your dog might feel the same way too. Seeing a lot of people enter your house wearing different horrifying costumes may cause your dog to feel stressed. But you can make your dog join in on the fun to make them less anxious about the event, letting your dog wear his very own costume will be very cool. If anyone will know what’s best for your dog, that will be you, so try to plan in advance on how you can make your dog more comfortable with his costume.
Over the past decade, there has been a rise in pet costumes. On average, 350 million dollars’ worth of pet costumes has been spent by Americans alone this year, an increase of 40% over the past 2 years.
It will be a lot of fun to dress up your dog for Halloween, but your dog’s comfort and safety should always be in mind. Here are some basic safety precautions for your dog if you’re planning on dressing him up.
Look out for signs of Stress and Anxiety in your Dog
Don’t make your dog wear a costume if you can see that they don’t like it. Dressing up for intricate costumes may not be for all dogs. Letting wear a simple Halloween themed collar or bandana can be enough.
Look for Loose parts in your dog’s Costume
Choking hazards may be caused by buttons, beads or ribbons on your dog’s costumes. Constantly try to observe your dog when they’re wearing their costume, sometimes they have the tendency to want to rip off their costume if they find it extremely uncomfortable.
Make Sure Your Dog’s Costume Fits
Like other dog clothing, dog costume can be extremely tricky when it comes to the right sizing. Ensure that the costume you chose for your dog isn’t too tight, this can cause a lot of discomfort for your dog
Don’t Choose Costumes with Masks
Try to avoid costume that can reduce your dog’s field of vision as well as their hearing. Taking a picture with your dog wearing a mask can be very cute, but it can cause a lot of risks when you actually go out trick or treating.
Don’t Choose Large and Heavy Costume
Try to avoid choosing costumes that prevent your dog’s ability to eat, drink, defecate, urinate, or move freely. Heavy costumes can also cause overheating or exhaustion to your dog. Choosing the right costume your dog will be comfortable in should be a priority there can be a lot to choose from.
Try to Keep Your dog’s Visibility in Mind
If you’re going trick or treating with your dog this Halloween, a bright and reflective costume can make him stand out so that you can see him better in the crowd.
Halloween is scary, but that doesn’t mean your dog should be scared of going outside, with dog’s safety being a priority, you can now have fun together.