HOW TO MAKE YOUR DOG MORE COMFORTABLE WEARING A HALLOWEEN COSTUME

  1. Body Language:
  2. Your dogs may be uncomfortable in a costume if you see them; hunched over, stiff bodied, rolling around on the ground, whale eye, whining/growling.
  3. Alternatives Festive Ideas:
    Festive bandanas, bowties, sweaters, costumes that are not bulky, putting small (not heavy) things on their collar or harness.
  4. Condition to the costume:
    Slowly making them comfortable to be in a costume. Treats when they sniff, treats when they touch the costume, treats as it's being put on them.
  5. Helping them reduce stress:
  6. Sound machines to block out doorbells, chew bones and KONGs to keep busy and lower their stress levels. Provide a crate or mat to have a safe space for them when they get nervous.
  7. Management:
  8. Distance between scary costumes/decorations. Let them explore if they want and then back away when they want. Don't force them into exploring anything they don't want to.
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