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Dog Halloween Costumes - Tips for Fun and Safety

Dog Halloween costumes for our canine friends that like to join in the fun and excitement on Halloween have become very popular.  Here a few safety tips to avoid any harm to your dog while taking part in the activities...

Dog Halloween costumes have grown in popularity the past number of years. Some families like to have their dog with them while trick-or-treating for security purposes, but why not dress your buddy up for Halloween and allow him to join the fun as long as you keep dog Halloween safety in mind. If your neighbors like dogs and your canine friend is well trained, it can be a family event.

Many dogs, particularly those that are accustom to wearing doggy apparel, like the attention they get when dressed up, but some do not. Those who do not may get stressed.

Wearing a Costume - Tips for Persuasion

  • Do not wait until Halloween night to put your dog's Halloween costume on.  Start a couple of weeks before.  Use treats to motivate him.
  •  Let your buddy sniff around the costume, drape it over him for a few seconds; give him a treat and praise. Do this a few times every day leaving it on longer each time 
  •  Put the costume on him, loosely, and repeat what you have done in the instructions above. A minute or so at first and then gradually take longer increments, combine this with plenty of treats and lots of praise.
  • If your best buddy gets stressed and worried, and does not liking the costume idea, forget it. A simple doggy t-shirt, Halloween collar or bandana may be a better alternative.

Dog Halloween Costumes - Safety Tips

  •  The correct fit is important - it should not be constricting.
  •  Avoid impeding the breathing, hearing, sight, movement or barking.
  • The costume should not result in overheating.
  •  The costume should be checked for things that may be poisonous or that may choke your doggy.
  •  A dog should not at any time be left unattended when wearing a costume.
  •  Remove rubber bands.

Safety on Halloween - Inside the Home

  •   Be careful that your pet does not run out the door while you are tending to trick or treaters.
  • It is a good idea to have a reflector on your dog; it may save him from being hit by a car if he gets loose.
  •  Identification tags are important in case your dog runs out the door.
  •  If your dog is a tad nervous and really not a party animal, consider keeping him on a leash, crated or in another room while trick or treaters are coming to the door.
  • Candy and wrappers will be everywhere on Halloween but they must be kept away from pets. A chew toy or a canine treat should keep him satisfied so that he does not feel left out.

 Safety on Halloween - Outside

  •  Do not leave your dog outside on Halloween. Every Halloween pets are stolen, tormented, tortured and injured.
  •  Be cautious when walking your dog on Halloween.  You never know what your pet may pick up along the way.
  •  Do have your buddy on a leash and make sure he is wearing a collar and ID when out with the family and take a few of his favorite treats or biscuits along so he will not feel part of the excitement.
  • Keep your dog away from jack-o-lanterns.  Place lighted candles and pumpkins where they can't be knocked over by pets.

Shopping for Dog Halloween Costumes:

Is your dog a party animal and has the temperament for trick or treating with the kids and getting dressed up?  If so, there is a huge amount of costume choices available for pets.

Have a funBusiness Management Articles, safe and Happy Halloween with your pet dog!

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