By Nancy Cope
Does your dog secretly long to be a superhero? Maybe your little princess puppy would like to look like a princess?
Or maybe you just love the idea of dressing your dog up for Halloween and having some fun with your family and friends?
Whatever the case, Halloween is a great time of year for dressing up pets in costumes. There’s a booming business in pet costumes and you’re sure to find one that appeals to you or your dog.
Where to find costumes
In your local pet store and online you can find lots of great ideas for costumes. You can dress your best friend as a cowboy, a pirate, a swashbuckler, or a dinosaur! There are feminine costumes for princesses, ballerinas, butterflies, and brides. Dress your boy dog as a little devil, put him in a tuxedo, or dress him as Elvis! You can find every kind of costume you can imagine.
Choosing a costume
When you choose your dog’s costume be sure to get the right size. Costume sizing should be accurate but if you are in doubt, it’s better to get a costume that is a little larger than one that is too small. Take your dog’s measurements before you go shopping so you will know for sure what sizes your dog needs.
A few tips
* Some dogs enjoy getting dressed up more than others. If your dog doesn’t enjoy wearing a costume, keep it simple and don’t make him wear it for a long time.
* Avoid complicated costumes with lots of pieces and parts. They can break and your dog might possibly eat a piece of the costume.
* Avoid costumes that have pieces that stick out or wave around. Many dogs find costumes like this frightening.
* Some dogs don’t like hats or things on their faces so if the costume has something like this, be sure to supervise your dog closely when he is wearing it and remove it when you can’t watch your dog.
Don’t keep the costume on your dog for long periods of time. Most dogs will get tired of wearing them. They will often remove the costume themselves if you don’t remove it.
* If you are taking your dog trick or treating, remember that dogs can’t eat chocolate. It can be toxic to them. Only give your dog treats that are safe for dogs to eat.
If you are taking your dog out for Halloween, try to make sure there won’t be things that will frighten him such as fireworks or loud music. If you are having a Halloween party at home, it’s often a good idea to limit the amount of time your dog spends with guests. Many dogs feel more comfortable if they can relax in another part of the home during a party, away from the noise.
Dogs can have a fun time at Halloween and they look adorable in their costumes. If you plan ahead you should be able to find the perfect costume for your dog.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.