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Tips on Dressing Up, Taking Pets Out on Halloween

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It can be fun to dress our pets in costume but remember not every pet enjoys this type of attention. If your pet really isn’t into being dressed up, try a fun collar instead of an entire costume.  

When dressing a pet in costume make sure it fits! Costumes come in sizes ranging from extra small, two to five pounds, to extra large, over 100 pounds and many do not account for length.  If you have a stout dog you may have to alter  a costume so your dog won’t trip on a hem that is too long.

Most dogs get a little agitated when you cover their eyes. Do not block your pet’s vision with a costume or blind fold. Some dogs are accustomed to wearing doggles but this can sometimes take weeks of practice.

If you are planning to take your dog trick or treating in costume remember to use a short nylon leash, not a retractable leash. With the commotions of kids, traffic, candy, a costume and more, there is a lot going around your dog and retractable leashes can easily become tangled up around people and your dog, causing a tripping hazard or even injury. A leash is a tool for controlling your dog’s movements and keeping them safe. A strong nylon leash and collar are must have equipment for the pet parents of any dog.

As for you, no scary masks or costumes that restrict your movements, you may have to act fast with your pet in tow. An exciting night like Halloween can make even the most well behaved pet a little unpredictable.  

If you want to show off with your pet this Halloween instead of taking them trick or treating try an event just for pets and leave them home on Halloween night.

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