Ooooo, oooOOooo, ooooOOOOooooo! We don’t know about you, but we’re already anticipating the eeriness of THE night. Not only that but we’re super stoked to see the outrageous costumes. And besides, what’s better than getting all fun and seasonal with your pet? Yes, I’m talking dog and parent costumes! We know our fur babies can be picky in what we put on them, so here are four steps to get your pet comfortable in their Halloween costume so that Halloween can be a spooky success!
Although we hope these tips will be helpful and successful, the reality is some pets HATE costumes or anything on them at all. Some love the attention of getting dressed up and having all eyes on them. While others can’t stand a single hair out of place on their head. Just like people, it’s important to know your pet can tolerate the costume. If you feel confident that they may grow to like it, then have fun with your costumes this year. But, if your pet refuses to move and stops functioning when you put it on, it’s best to skip the costumes.
Choose the Right Costume
The right Halloween costume for one pet can be the wrong costume for another pet. A costume that is the right size should be a top priority. Your pet should be able to move freely and have none of their movement restricted. A tight costume can cause a lack of mobility and irritate their skin or pull at their fur, making them uncomfortable. If your pet is also prone to chewing or eating things, refrain from buying anything that can easily fall off or can be a choking hazard. Sometimes, the right costume can be an accessory or flashy collar that won’t irritate your pet and still be in the Halloween spirit.
Introduce the Costume
For your pet to feel comfortable in the costume, you should expose them to it. Allowing your dog to get familiar with the costume might increase their interest in it. Once they familiarize themselves with the scents and smells, you can introduce the idea of putting it on. Even if you can only put on part of the costume at first, these small steps can eventually lead you to put on the whole ensemble. Try giving their favorite treats while they are wearing the costume. They may decide the costume equals yummy treats and even ask you to put it on. If your pet still isn’t interested in a couple of days, you can try a different costume, but remember not to force anything on your pet. Try not to get a costume too late in the month to have more time to get them used to it.
Don’t leave Costumes on for Too Long
Even though your pet may look comfortable in their costume, it’s not a good idea to leave them in their costume for too long. Pet’s can get overheated and irritated with something on them for too long. It’s best to only put their costume on for a short period for a part of an event or pictures. Pets communicate with their body language, so having them covered up will not indicate how they may be feeling, and they won’t be able to communicate with other pets around. Please keep track of the time your pet spends in their costume.
Don’t expect just to put a costume on your pet and have them like it. It might take some time for some dogs to like their costumes. Try these four steps to get your pet comfortable in their Halloween costume. Don’t force it if they don’t want to wear it either! Some pet’s just prefer to observe and not participate. If you can’t spend Halloween at home but still want to see your dog in their costume, be sure to tell our pet sitters, and they’d be happy to snap a pic for you while you’re away! Please share your pet costume photos with us, as we love to see our customer’s happy faces!
We wish you a Happy Halloween!