Our dogs might not share our enthusiasm.
A costume that fits tight around a dog's mid section can make it feel dominated. Some dogs freeze if you put them in a costume. They might walk around backward or go "carpet surfing" to try and rub the costume off.
Keep in mind that your reaction to the costume makes a difference. It might help if the dog gets attention and praise. A few treats won't hurt, either.
An expert who studied this (Really? People get paid to study this stuff?) compared it to going to work and being told that today was your day to walk around in your skivvies. He said that it can be socially awkward and physically uncomfortable.
But you do get lots of attention. Your co-workers smile at you, point and giggle, and give you treats (candy, lunch, happy hour, etc.).
At the end of the day you survived, you got approval, and tomorrow you can dress for work just like you always do. That's kinda what it's like for your dog.
Safety first. If the costume interferes with their vision or they just plain hate it...take it off.
Here are a few other things to remember for Halloween: * Trick or treaters might not want to be greeted by an animal. Find a safe place for your pet to escape noise and commotion.
* Frightened pets are more likely to "door dash." Outside they'll either keep running or hide. You DO NOT want to spend Halloween night searching for your pet.
* Don't take your dog trick-or-treating. But if you do, make sure Mom or Dad holds the leash and that "Count Barkula" stays back from the door. Even if YOUR dog is okay, the dog inside might feel the need to protect its home.
* No Candy. No Booze. Ever! And remember that pets eat candy....wrappers and all.
* Black cats? Halloween isn't any more dangerous for black cats than any other night. But it's still hard to see black cats in the dark. Don't take chances. Keep them safe inside.