PORTLAND -- If you dress up your pet for Halloween, you're contributing to the more than $300 million that will be spent during the holiday on costumes for animals.
An Oregon Humane Society spokesman offered some words of warning, “Don’t force it. If your dog doesn’t like it, it’s not going to get any better,” said David Lytle.
Jessica Wiseley-Kruger got her dog, Woody, into a pumpkin outfit with the help of plenty of treats.
“I think the treats relax him and distract him and make him feel it’s a fun experience,” she said.
Whether you want your pet to be a princess or witch or just sport a festive sweater, the fit is key.
“It can’t be too tight. He just won’t stand for that,” said Wiseley-Kruger.
When your dog doesn’t want to stay in costume, he’ll let you know. “They’ll paw at it. They’ll rub their heads against the floor or roll over on the ground just trying to get it off,” Lytle explained.
The best test of all is whether your dog will get up and walk with the new look.
“He’s not stiff. His body language isn’t frozen up,” Jessica said as she watched Woody move about in the pumpkin costume.
If you do manage to get your dog decked out, Lytle has one final warning:
“Be aware that if your dog sees another dog in costume there might be some heightened sensitivity because they’re used to seeing their fellow dogs look like dogs and not a pumpkin or whatever you choose.”
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