Best Halloween Costumes for Dogs
As the owner of an online pet boutique, I’m often asked what are the
best Halloween costumes for dogs. My
answer will vary depending on your pet and his or her propensity for playing
dress-up. Here are some things to
consider when purchasing Halloween dog costumes:
Will the fur fly?
Sometimes even the most docile dog will simply NOT want to put on that
cute Halloween dog costume you’ve searched high and low for. So if your little darling is being a diva,
then keep it simple – find a dog costume that is minimalist and will still let
her strut her stuff. Or if she simply
must dress up, then give her some time to get used to it – put on one piece at
a time, starting about a week before Halloween.
Put it on for just a few seconds at first, then take it off and give her
a treat. Build up the time as the days
pass, and pretty soon your pooch will be proud of her new Halloween dog
It used to be that dressing up was just for small dogs. However, Halloween costumes for dogs now come
in all sizes – even up to 100 lbs.! It’s
important to choose the right size so your dog doesn’t become entangled when
trying to move (too big) or is uncomfortable with a tight fit (too small). Responsible dog costume websites will post
sizing charts that will help you measure correctly to choose just the right
size for your pet.
Don’t spoil the potty
Most professionally made costumes leave plenty of room for potty
breaks. If you’re planning to sew a
Halloween dog costume yourself, be sure you find a pattern or copy a design
that allows your pet to go to the bathroom safely and comfortably.
The two best-selling Halloween costumers for dogs last year were Doggie
Designs’ monkey and lion. In fact, the
monkey was so popular that the manufacturer sold out well before
Halloween. If you know now that you want
to purchase a dog Halloween costume, you should start shopping soon if you want
access to a full selection online. If
you purchase early, you can also ensure a perfect fit by giving yourself time
to make an exchange should your first choice be the wrong one.
New Halloween dog costume
There are several new Halloween dog costume designs this year, including
a penguin, chili pepper, fuzzy duck, pink flower, witch, pirate, clown and pink
hippo. Some of the old favorites are
back as well, including the panda bear, raccoon, punk zebra, shark, bunny,
ladybug, bumblebee, turtle, frog, lion and monkey.
Whatever Halloween dog costume choices you make, remember to make it
safe and fun for both you and your pet!
Patti Hasner is a founder of bowwowsbest.com, the best place for forward-thinking fashion hounds on the Web. Her two Howloween hounds will be sporting the new witch and killer whale costumes this year from the 2009 Halloween dog costume collection at BowWowsBest.com.