Halloween is right around the corner, which means the weather is getting colder by the day and it’s getting darker earlier than usual. This also means that decorations and costumes are in full swing, and that doesn’t just include the kids. This year, let your pet in on the fun. Choosing the perfect costume doesn’t have to be difficult, it just requires a bit of forethought and consideration. Follow these tips for choosing the best pet costume this Halloween season.
Consider the sizing.
Your dog or cat shouldn’t struggle to breathe, move, sit, bark, or lay down with their costume on. Even if it looks cute, you don’t want your pet to be uncomfortable. At the same time, you don’t want the costume to be too big and cause a tripping or ripping hazard.
Consider your pet’s temperament.
Some dogs and cats are more tolerant of clothing, especially if they’re small breeds and get cold easily. However, if your pet is not comfortable with clothing or costumes, or they get agitated when certain parts of their bodies are touched, refrain from buying a costume that could cause discomfort or anxiety.
If your pet likes getting dressed up, but has a high energy level, it’s probably best to give them a simple costume. If it has accessories and components that could easily become a choking hazard or fall off, choose something else.
Choose a Halloween costume for your pet that doesn’t impede his or her ability to use the bathroom. It’s best to choose a costume that doesn’t need to be removed to answer nature’s call.
According to Glamorous Dogs, no matter how much your dog loves to dress up, you should never put them in their costumes for the first time on the day that you are planning to take them on a walk or invite guests while they are in their adorable costumes.
If they are new to wearing outfits, give them positive reinforcement in small sessions with their costume to get them acclimated to it. Be sure to give them plenty of praise, treats and affection in their costume as well.
Using this helpful guide will assist you in picking out a costume that is both adorable and comfortable for your pet. After all, when they’re happy, you’re happy!