TUCSON, Ariz. -- Halloween is less than a week away and many families may be dressing up for the night. Some may also be planning to include their furry friends and have them dressed up for the holiday.
The New York Post reports nearly 31 million people dressed up their pet in 2018 for Halloween. With that number expected to be higher this year, it's important to pay attention to your animal's needs and make sure they are safe.
Experts at Dogtopia say if you plan to dress up your dog, make sure their tag is not hidden. Making it easy to read your pet's tag and access the collar can help in case they get lost during the night out. Owners need to also make sure costumes do not cover their pet's eyes and that they can breathe comfortably. Since dogs have sensitive ears, experts say to avoid having costumes cover them. Anissa Gonzalez with Dogtopia says, "f you're dog isn't comfortable with costumes, I would recommend a bandana or a collar because not all dogs are going to be comfortable wearing the costume."
"A good tip would be to make sure they have reflective gear on because it's dark. Make sure your dog is able to see you and [add] little flashing lights on their collar or leash," Gonzalez says while discussing safety.
As for getting your pet to pose for a costume photo, the best option is to use treats. Gonzalez says holding treats above the camera works best so your pet can be looking when you snap the photo.