Everyone likes to dress up for Halloween, and pets can participate in the fun too. When trying to get your pet to wear a Halloween costume there are many important tips you should be aware of. This article will discuss how to get your pet to wear a Halloween costume.
What Not to Do
Getting your pet to put on a costume can be great, but there are some basic things that you should not do, and being aware of what not to do will make sure your pet will be happy and safe.
Dogs and cats do not sweat like humans to cool off, and because of this they can not handle full body costumes. These pets cool off from their belly; this is why they lay on the ground when it is hot. So make sure their bellies are not covered by the costume.
Also make sure the costume does not restrict the legs, tails, or ears of your pet. These parts of your dog and cat are essential to movement, and should not be altered by any costume. This is a serious health hazard.
Do not put baby clothing or small sized clothing on your dog or cat. Yes, your pet may look cute in your niece’s tank top, but it is not designed for your pet. It can be very unsafe and healthy for your dog or cat; so stick with costumed designed specifically for them.
What You Should Do
Work very slowly with your pet when trying to get them accustomed to their new costume. If at any moment they are uncomfortable or unhappy remove the costume. Your amusement is not worth your pet’s health.
Always praise and reward your cat or dog for every step they take towards wearing their Halloween costume. Getting them excited will bring you that much closer to what you are aiming for.
When choosing a costume less is better. A costume that attaches to a collar or harness will be much easier for your cat or dog to get used to. It is also less likely to make your dog too hot or uncomfortable.
Start by placing the costume on the floor and letting you cat or dog get used to it. Let them sniff it, pick it up, and play with it. Then try resting it on the back of your pet. When the pet is comfortable with this, try the costume on your cat or dog. Remember to give praise and treats all along the way, and take each step very slowly.
Getting your pet to wear a Halloween costume can seem impossible, but these important tips will help you and your pet look great for Halloween.