If you’ve got a neighborhood full of kids, or a house full of your own, Halloween is one of the BIGGEST holidays on the calendar. Americans exchange about 600 million pounds of halloween candy each year, and the National Retail Federation says that more than 20 million of us will choose costumes – for our pets! Yep, that’s right. And whether they’ll be greeting the neighborhood kids at the door, or prancing around the pet parade, play it safe.
Remember, not every dog digs getting dressed up! If your dog isn’t enjoying it, or you think the costume is causing him stress, take it off.
Mind the loose ends, strings, straps, and what have you. Dangly bits and loose parts can be trip hazards. Just as easily, they can be chewed off and swallowed creating a threatening choking hazard or bowel obstruction.
Check the weather. If it’s going to be warm, don’t wrap your dog in a big, bulky costume. They’ll overheat!
Size matters. Less is more, folks. Go minimalist, and make sure your dog has room to walk or run, and of course, do his business. Skip the masks or any other accessory that will limit their line of sight.
Light it up. If your dog will make the rounds in costume with you and the kids, make sure they’re able to be seen. Clip-on blinky lights or reflective tape will make sure they’re able to be seen in the dark.
Above all, have fun. And make sure your dog is enjoying the holiday, too!