Costume Safety

Halloween is a fun time for everyone, but it can be stressful for our furry friends. Here are some general things to keep in mind when designing a costume for your pup.

  • Is comfortable and does not restrict movement 
  • Allows the dog to see
  • Does not have small objects that can be chewed off and swallowed
  • Fringe or streamers can wrap around a dog's leg and make his trip and cause panic
  • Be able to connect and use a leash especially if you are going to go trick or treating with your dog
  • Dragging something if your dog is not used to it

Not all dogs like getting dressed up so be aware of what your dog's preference is. Even if your dog doesn't like to wear things, they can still participate. Something simple like a tie or a lion's mane can be cute and most dogs are comfortable with them because they are similar to a collar. Another option is to enlist the help of a groomer and use dog-safe dye to help create the costume. I knew one dog that got colored to be Batman's bat signal. Another dog was white and had a multi-colored stripe added to his back so he could be a rainbow. I saw a dog one time that went all out and was dyed and dressed to look like a punk rocker.

The point I'm trying to make is with some creativity and maybe training anything is possible. Let's get creative and have some fun! I can't wait to see the costumes.