It’s a night for scary surprises, lots of free candy for kiddies and the chance to dress up in Halloween costumes. And, even though he cannot eat chocolate, Fido may enjoy getting all dolled up for a night of fun. In recent years, designers have begun manufacturing Halloween costumes for pets. In creations ranging from super heroes to villains, pet costumes are gaining in popularity both locally and through online merchants.
With the internet being the largest shopping mall in the world, albeit a virtual one, the selection of Halloween costumes is much greater in cyberspace. Designers and specialty stores around the world have the opportunity to showcase their latest ideas and fabrics that are sure to please even the pickiest of pet owners. Anyone who plans to order via the internet can expect to pay a shipping and handling fee, but with Halloween costumes being lightweight, this additional cost won’t likely be a significant one.
When selecting a costume for your pet, it is a good idea to measure your cat or dog before you order. That’s right. Not all pet costumes come in a one-size-fits-all cookie cutter shape. In fact, most quality outfits will be specially made for various size animals. A yellow lab and a poodle probably wouldn’t fit in the same size costume, so stay away from designers that gear toward the one-size-fits-all design.
When selecting pet costumes, it is a good idea to choose one that will be most comfortable for your furry little friend. Remember, they are also wearing a fur coat, so anything that is breathable will be ideal. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that most pets will be resistant to Halloween costumes at first, simply because it is a new concept.
Getting Your Pet To Wear A Costume
If you plan to show them off on Halloween, make sure that you break them in several days before the big night. One way to do this is by showing them the costume, putting it on for a few minutes and then removing it. Afterward, give them a treat and praise them for good behavior. After several of these exercises, not only will your pet be happy to wear the costume, but he/she will also be looking forward to a treat afterward. So, just make sure that you have a special treat for them on Halloween as well – but no chocolate.