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Every year in New York City, the Tompkins Square Dog Run holds a Halloween parade and costume contest . Hundreds of dogs enter and thousands of people come to watch. This year the winning costumes were fairly tame, but in the past outfits have been over the top.
As fellow blogger, Karen B. London wrote, most dogs don’t like costumes , especially complicated ones. But it can be tempting to dress up the pups, especially if you have a party to go to. I try to pick out simple costumes and take the few weeks beforehand to make sure my dogs are happy to wear them. It’s not a good idea to just plop the outfit on your pup a few minutes before your party!
This year I got my new puppy, Remy, a racehorse costume, complete with a little jockey that sits on his back. He’s never worn a costume before, so I wanted to make sure it was a positive experience by introducing it to him slowly. There were three behaviors I trained before I put the costume on fully.
Velcro = yummy treats
The costume on my back is a good thing
I’ll even get into my Costume myself!
With a little preparation, Remy was soon happy to get into his costume and was ready to go to our training club’s Halloween party.
Have you trained your dogs to wear a costume?