Whether you are taking your dog in a Halloween costume contest, dressing him up for a fun family photo, or just wanting to bring him in costume while you’re trick or treating this Halloween, it’s important that you make sure he is comfortable first feels. and happy – dressed to impress!
So you’ve ordered the perfect costume for your pooch. You excitedly dress him and step back to marvel at his incredible cuteness – only to see how he suddenly starts to take off his clothes and tear them apart while he panics almost everywhere …
Well, we can’t fault you for feeling upset. Our dogs have become so integrated into our families that we have humanized them; treat her like one of our own children. We share our beds with them, they relax on the couch and watch TV with us, we even take them out to eat! However, since dogs are not naturally used to costumes, don’t be surprised if your pooch looks uncomfortable at first.
Teaching your dog to wear clothes
The key to training your pooch to wear a costume is to treat him for positive behavior while wearing the new outfit. Dogs often like the restricted feeling that wearing costumes can cause. To help him wear outfits, try the following:
· Start early. Since dogs are more likely to tolerate clothing if exposed early, try teaching your pooch that clothes are fun to wear. If your dog missed this early training when he was a puppy, you can still train him by getting him used to moving around your house with clothes on. You can also try to order the costume in advance.
· Just start. As you get your dog used to wearing clothes, start with simple, easy-to-wear items like a bow tie, a simple vest, or a comfortable headband – but not all at once. Just start and work your way up to more elaborate costumes over time.
· Create a positive association. Teach Fido to associate pleasant experiences with the costume before wearing it by showing off the outfit and even rewarding him for looking. When he starts sniffing your clothes, mark it as your cue to give him treats and praise. After that, try to put the costume on for a few minutes. Reward him for staying calm by giving your pooch plenty of treats and praises throughout the process.
· Continue driving slowly. If all goes well, try adding about five minutes to the wearing time of Fido. Over the next few days or weeks, slowly increase the amount of time your pooch wears the costume until you’ve successfully worked through the two to three hours it takes for the party or trick or treating. Don’t forget to reward him every time he shows the desired behavior. That way, your dog will gradually come to realize that wearing clothes is food and fun.
Eventually, with patience and positive reinforcement, your dog will not only tolerate wearing trendy costumes, but they will even appreciate the awards and rewards they receive for wearing them.
Recall, Don’t leave your pooch unattended in his costume. Your puppy can take off their new outfit, knock things over, eat, get tangled, or suffocate. Always take care of him while he’s still dressed for the night.
Choose a costume that your dog will be happy to wear, nether simple and sweet or elaborate and extreme!