This is my favorite time of year! Fall colors, cooler temperatures and lots of outdoor festivities. So while we are enjoying the Fall fests and Halloween trick or treat opportunities, let's take a look at the pros and cons of taking your dog to a costume party.
1. Your dog loves outdoor adventure
Taking your dog to go with you on Halloween is a great way to socialize your pet and allows him to get used to a lot of busy places, noises and smells.
Most dogs enjoy being outdoors and love to go on outings with the family. Taking your dog will give you an opportunity to introduce him to activities with lots of people.
On the other hand, Halloween can be a scary time of year, if your dog isn't used to seeing all the decorations around the neighborhood. The large blow-up decorations can be challenging for many dogs. Also, people in costumes can be distracting and scary for timid dogs. Make sure you watch your dog's body language and keep him at a safe distance of young children. The costumes can trigger a reactive barking or lunge even for the most social animal.
2. Should you dress your dog for the occasion?It's fun to dress up your dog, and there are certainly a lot of cute doggie costumes to choose from. Before you spend a lot of money online to get your dog a great costume, you may want to be sure she is comfortable wearing it. Find an old t-shirt and put it on your dog. See how she reacts. Not every dog likes wearing stuff on their bodies, so if your dog is new to dressing up, I highly suggest you practice with somethings around the house. Start gradually and make sure it is a fun experience for both of you! If she doesn't like to wear a costume, you can get her a nice Halloween collar or leash.
3. Play it safe!Whether you're out in the neighborhood trick or treating or at the door giving out candy, all the scary costumes can stress out the calmest dog. Be sure to pay close attention to your animal. A frightened dog can turn into a fear biter! Always control the situation by having your dog on-leash and at a safe distance to strangers.
The most important aspect of any activity with your dog is to be sure he is safe and comfortable.
I personally do not dress up our dogs, but I am excited about taking them out with me. I hope the information in this post is helpful. I would love to see your dog out on Halloween. Please post some pictures below!