First, we’ve found the top dog Halloween costumes that will give your dog a leg up on all the other dogs wearing costumes this year. Plus, some of the best Halloween costume ideas for dog owners and their pets.
Check out all of these adorable photos of dogs wearing Halloween costumes!
Now, since pets wearing costumes poses some unique safety issues (both for you and your dog), here are some things that you’ll want to think about before heading out the door with your dog in costume:
- Use your best judgment as to whether your dog will wear a costume and participate in groups, or whether it will freak your dog out. You will know this better than anyone else.
- Only you know how your dog reacts around other dogs, kids, and strangers. If your dog isn’t comfortable in loud groups, then you may want to think twice about entering him in a parade or costume contest. Without a doubt, you need to make sure that you always have adequate control of your dog during the times when he is close to other dogs and people.
- Make sure that you will be able to maintain control of your dog at all times when he’s in the costume — just like you do when you’re on a regular walk. That means being able to attach his regular leash and/or harness while the costume is on.
- Don’t leave home without your dog wearing a collar and ID tags. You never know what might arise when you’re out & about. If your dog should get separated from you for some reason, his ID tags will be the only way to ensure that your dog finds his way back to you.
- Make sure your dog’s Halloween costume doesn’t have any parts to it that will bind your dog or that would cause him to get caught up in or trip over. Just the same, remove any parts that he could choke on or that might be poisonous to your dog if he swallowed them.
- As you know, it gets hot inside costumes, so it’s up to you to find ways to prevent your dog from overheating inside the dog Halloween costume that you pick. Make sure it’s not too tight on him, that there is plenty of room to breathe, and that he’s not panting too much.
- If there’s any chance of it getting dark while your dog is out & about in costume, then use a reflective leash and/or dog collar. They also make reflective leg bands for dogs (That means up to 4 opportunities for your dog to be noticed!) Or, you could attach a blinking light to your dog’s collar to make him more visible at night.
- Take along a water bottle for your dog to ensure that he never becomes dehydrated — because you probably don’t know just how long the day’s events will last.
- Don’t allow your dog to eat things found on the ground or get treats from strangers. Many people don’t realize that chocolate is bad for dogs, as is Xylitol (found in sugarless gum and candy). Plus, if your dog doesn’t normally eat human foods at home, then you don’t want him to get them when he’s out & about either.
This veterinarian video includes more great tips for including your dog in the Halloween fun this year: