. While turning them into adorable little pirates, superheroes, or gangsters may be fun and entertaining, you should still keep their safety and comfort in mind.

 

Here are a few tips to make dressing up a more pleasurable experience for your beloved pet:

 

Read your pet’s body language

 

Do not force the costume on your pet if he exhibits signs of stress or anxiety. These include a lowered head, flat or pinned-back ears, round or wide eyes, and flat whiskers. Heavy panting, hissing, slinking away, shaking, and becoming immobile are also telltale signs that your pet is uncomfortable.

 

Take It Slow

 

Give your pet some lead time to familiarize himself with the costume. For a start, allow him to see and smell the costume. After a few days, you can try putting it on him for a few minutes. Watch how he behaves and reward him with treats if he reacts favorably. Gradually increase the time he wears the costume until he becomes confident in it.

 

Choose an Appropriate Costume

 

Safety is of paramount importance when dressing up your pet. Avoid costumes with buttons, glitters, sequins, or other small parts that can be swallowed. Make sure that it is not too tight as to restrict its breathing or too loose that he could step on it. At the same time, choose costumes that will not obstruct its eyes, ears, nose, whiskers, and mouth, or limit its movements like barking, jumping, or defecating. Your pet will be more prone to freaking out if his senses are impaired.

 

If your pet is rejecting a full costume, don’t be afraid to downsize. You can try making it wear bandannas, colorful bowties or little neckties instead. These accessories resemble collars so he might have an easier time adjusting to it compared to a full body costume.

 

Do Not Leave Your Pet Unattended

 

Always keep your pet in sight especially when he is in costume to ensure that he does not accidentally hurt himself when he interacts with his surroundings. You also need to monitor the people who will approach your pet, especially children, as they could possibly cause unnecessary stress that may lead to aggressive behavior like biting or scratching.

 

With these tips, you and your pet will surely have a good time together this coming Halloween.

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