With Halloween quickly approaching, we have a very pressing question for you: Should we dress our dog up for Halloween?
Debating dressing up in Timbergrove
Dear Debating Dressing Up,
We’ve all seen those adorable videos on the Internet with pets — dressed as spiders and pirates — walking around, doing their normal “pet thing” while dressed like a funny character. Sure, it’s loads of laughs for us humans, but how does it make your pet feel?
Some dogs don’t mind being decked out in a costume and will even ham it up for the camera, but some of them hate every minute of it. If your dog truly despises being dressed up, don’t make him wear the costume — as fun as it would be for you.
If your dog has decided that it’s acceptable to participate in Halloween festivities this year, make sure you dress him in a costume that will keep him safe. Here are my top canine costume safety tips:
Watch for choking hazards. Ribbons and bow ties around your dog’s neck can get stuck. Watch out for anything that could choke your pet if it came loose.
Don’t limit your dog’s movement or senses. Make sure your pup can get around well even when he’s dressed up, and never restrict the ability to breathe, bark, eat or drink water.
Keep the dog’s head free. Don’t let a big hat cover his eyes or allow anything to hit him in the face when he walks.
Make sure the costume isn’t too tight or too heavy. You don’t want your dog to feel uncomfortable or get easily exhausted.
Make sure your dog’s ID tag shows through his costume. If he gets spooked and runs away, your neighbors will be able to help him come home.
Have a practice run (or two). The day before Halloween, put your pup in his costume and let him get used to it.
Remember to always keep your dog’s best interests and comfort in mind when choosing whether or not to dress him up this Halloween. If all else fails and your dog simply hates being dressed up but you’d love him to have a costume, you can get creative with a crazy collar or nontoxic pup-safe hair paint.
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