Halloween is almost upon us and it’s almost time to break out those Costumes and Party! It can be a fun time for both us and your four legged friend. But before we don our costumes and go out into the lime light maybe we should get some advice from Casear Millian.
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Should We Dress Up Our Dogs on Halloween?
Is Halloween going to be a trick or treat for your pup? For more than 3 million Americans it’s a chance to put their dogs in costume and make them a part of the fun.
But is it really fun for Fido?
Alexandra Horowitz, author of the bestseller Inside of a Dog, stirred up a lot of comments last year when she wrote a piece saying dogs really do NOT like to be dressed up.
“Among wolves, one animal may “stand over” another: literally placing his body on top of and touching the other, as a scolding or a mild putting-in-one’s-place,” she wrote in the New Yorker. “To a dog, a costume, fitting tight around the dog’s midriff and back, might well reproduce that ancestral feeling. So the principal experience of wearing a costume would not be the experience of festivity; rather, the costume produces the discomfiting feeling that someone higher ranking is nearby. This interpretation is borne out by many dogs’ behavior when getting dressed in a costume: they may freeze in place as if they are being “dominated”—and soon try to dislodge the garments by shaking, pawing, or rolling in something so foul that it necessitates immediate disrobing.”
But experts say that isn’t true of all dogs. And the secret is to know how your dog reacts to it and not push him to do something he is uncomfortable with.
Cheri Lucas, a trainer who has worked extensively with Cesar for many years, says: “I don’t think it is a problem as long as it doesn’t make the dog uncomfortable. If it bothers your dog then don’t force it. Make sure the costume is comfortable—and especially—that it is well ventilated.”
Of course dogs have no idea it is Halloween or why they are being dressed up. But they are so in tune to their human family that they will enjoy the attention they get and knowing that they are part of the fun.
“It is important for you to recognize that you are dressing up your dog for your benefit—your dog doesn’t care whether he goes to the parade as a pirate or a ballerina!”
Even author Horowitz admits that some dogs enjoy dressing up, if for no other reason than their strong desire to please their humans.
Says Cheri Lucas: “I don’t humanize dogs at all – but then again you don’t want to become so extreme about it that it’s not fun!”