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Halloween Dog Costumes
Halloween is such a fun time to dress up. Have you noticed that dressing up for Halloween is not just limited to kids anymore? More and more adults dress up and now even pets are dressing up.
There are tons of costume ideas for pets. Incorporating your pet's breed characteristics, personality and size can make choosing a costume for your pet even more fun. For instance, dressing up a Wiener dog (Dachshund) as a hot dog is such a cute idea.
You can even create some cute ideas by dressing your pet up in something that represents the opposite of their personality. For instance, you can dress up a bulldog in something cute and frilly when he's ordinarily stern.
One year a local family utilized their dog as Scooby while the others dressed as Velma, Daphne, Fred and Shaggy. It was a cute way to incorporate the dog into the Halloween fun.
Just a few of the cute pet costumes I've seen include:
- Angel (wings and halo)
- Devil (horns and tail)
- Teddy bear
- Football Player
- Pea pod
- Chili pepper
- Bumble bee
- Dorothy (from Wizard of Oz)
- Flying Monkey (from Wizard of Oz)
Tips for Choosing a Costume and How to Get Your Dog Used to Wearing One
The following are some tips on things to consider when buying a costume and how to get your dog used to wearing one.
- Chose a costume that fits your dog's breed. Some breeds have longer legs or bigger chests or necks.
- Chose a costume that your dog can comfortably walk in without tripping.
- Your best choice is one that is adjustable so that you can make modifications as needed.
- Practice letting your dog wear a scarf, hat or bandana so that they get used to having something on.
- Once you have the costume, practice letting them wear it for 5 minutes a day. This will let you know how long they may be able to tolerate it on by the time Halloween gets here.
- Be sure to watch your dog whenever they have the costume on to make sure it doesn't bind or choke them or that they don't try to get it off and harm themselves in some way.
- Make sure the dog doesn't get too warm in the costume.
- Make sure elastic in the costume doesn't become uncomfortable for the dog after extended wear.
- Watch for changes in the dog's behavior while wearing the costume. If he/she becomes irritable, refuses to walk or paws or scratches at the costume, it is probably time to get it off.
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Take Photos Early
Be sure to grab your camera and/or camcorder and take lots of photos. You never know when conditions may change and dog decide that he/she has had enough of it. Take the photos early while the dog is still in a good mood and the costume is still in one piece.
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