Training a Dog to Wear Halloween Costumes

The trick is treating your dog for good behavior while wearing her outfit.


Dog Halloween Costume
After ordering your dog a Halloween costume, you put it on her before the party and stand back to admire her – only to watch as she pulls it off, rips it apart, freezes like she can’t move or dashes about in near panic.

Dogs don’t appreciate how cute they look in a costume and often dislike the restricted feeling it imposes. Avoid any of the above reactions with these tips.

  • Order the costume well ahead to allow time to help your dog accept her outfit.

  • Initially put the costume on her for about two minutes; praise and feed some favorite treats to create a pleasant association.

  • If all goes well, increase time to five minutes the next day, again treating and praising.

  • Intermittently treating and praising, gradually increase the time she wears her costume until you work up to the couple hours needed for Halloween.


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janet   bethlehem, PA

12/29/2010 4:29:59 AM

good article, thanks

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Kylie   Manhattan Beach, CA

10/13/2010 3:49:09 PM

This is stupid, if your dog doesnt like wearing a tight little uncomfortable costume, then dont torture him/her by forcing them to!

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Mara   Ojai, CA

10/11/2010 8:42:02 AM

The only problem I have with this, is that some people aren't too smart. They will try and force the costume on and leave it and then punish when the dog tries to take it off. I don't like the costume idea....a scarf is one thing, but even then they shouldn't be left on when the owner isn't home or if the dog is in the car and the owner leaves the dog.

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Paula   Redondo Beach, CA

10/8/2010 6:14:15 PM

Great information. I emailed the information, techiquest to my Meetup members. Giving source credit to, Small Dogs-Westside, Beach
Areas Bay
Meetup.Bark Bar Doggies

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