Halloween is a festive affair that includes parties, trick or treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, and finding the perfect costume -- for the family dog. Americans spent $350 million just on pet costumes last year, and many pet parents say dressing up their furry nugget for Halloween is a tradition.
Yes, doggie costumes make for adorable Instagram pics, but do our pets really like be dressed as a pirate or a prisoner?
Some dogs really don’t mind. The extra treats and affection they get from their human outweighs looking silly. Other dogs get very irritated and stressed (yep, we’re talking about you Gunner) over wearing a costume. You might be bummed, but don’t force the situation. Put your puppy’s needs first!
If your dog is cooperative and you’re on the hunt for the perfect costume, here are some of this year’s trendiest dog costume categories:
Food & Drink: Think hot dog, lobster, and puppy lattes
Superhero: Caped crusaders from Batman to Superman
Formal Wear: Tutus and tuxedos for the sophisticated pups
Star Wars: Any character from the famous movie franchise
Halloween Classics: Because witches and pumpkins never go out of style
While the cuteness factor may be off the charts, some costumes can be a bit tricky. Be sure to test out the costume in advance of Halloween night. Your dog’s safety and comfort trumps everything so, check for the following:
~ Full Range of Senses: It's crucial that the costume does not limit your dog’s ability to see, hear, drink, smell, bark, breathe, or go potty.
~ Choking Hazards: Ensure ribbons, bow ties, capes or any item hanging around your dog’s neck is not choking him/her.
~ Comfort: Your dog’s normal range of movement is not restricted with a too-tight costume, super scratchy costume material, or accessories that may cause overheating.
When the spooky night arrives, remember to send us your best photo for a chance to win a $100 gift card to The Soggy Doggy Shop. Stop in or call for more details about our costume contest!
Have a happy and safe Halloween!