If you’re planning on dressing your dog in a costume for Halloween, you may want to consider training your pet first. Anna from thedo.gs suggests using a sock and positive reinforcement, so your pooch doesn’t get too scared when a strange mask is put on its face.
An interesting idea, indeed. If your dog gets scared easily, this technique certainly couldn’t hurt.
I suppose dog costumes are so popular because it has become more acceptable to treat pets like children. Thing is, children and dogs want different things. Children want to eat candy and watch SpongeBob. Dogs want to smell each others’ butts and run around naked.
That doesn’t mean that we humans can’t have our fun. I made this video to show how you can do some basic positive reinforcement training to help your dog create good associations with his costume.