Autumn has arrived! The leaves are beginning to change and nights are starting to cool off. Now is the perfect time to start thinking warm thoughts for your chilly pup! Act now to save 15% off everything in our store, excluding sale items! We’ve added many new items to our New Arrivals section, ensuring your fur baby is on top of fashion trends this fall. Our Lil’ Monster Dog Hoodie is sure to be a favorite this year and better yet, it can also double as a dog costume for Halloween! We’ve still got plenty of stock on your favorite costumes, including our best selling Monster Paws Dog Costume so act now to save big! Simply use the code: MONSTERS when checking out. Offer ends Sunday, 9/30 @11:59 PM.
Halloween is just around the corner and now is prime time to start planning for this year’s festivities! This holiday can be a fun time not only for you, but for your pet as well. A dog costume can be a great way to get your pup in the Halloween spirit but if your canine companion is a puppy or is new to the concept of wearing clothing, a costume could be overwhelming and stressful if not properly introduced. One of the most important things to remember when picking out a costume for your pooch is to make sure that it will fit properly. Ill fitting costumes aren’t only uncomfortable; they’re also a safety hazard! A costume that is too tight will cause discomfort and could cut off circulation; a costume that is too loose could get stuck on objects or cause your dog to trip while walking. The best way to ensure your dog will fit into the costume you pick out is to take your dog’s measurements and then compare them to the sizing chart for the costume.
Once you’ve picked out a costume, you can start getting your dog used it. The amount of time this takes depends on the dog, so it’s best to start a few weeks before hand. Start by placing the costume on the floor where your dog can see and sniff it. When you see your dog sniffing it, praise him and give him dog treats. Do this off and on for a day. Once he’s begun to associate the costume with getting food, bring it up a notch by draping part of the costume over his back for 10 seconds at a time and give him a treat and praise each time. Do this many times over the course of a couple of days, slowly increasing the amount of time it’s left on his back. Once your furry friend is accustomed to the idea of the costume touching him with no fuss, go ahead and put it on him for a short time, encouraging him with treats and praise. Only leave it on for a minute and then take it off. Do this half a dozen times a day, leaving it on for a little longer each time. Encourage your pup to walk on a leash with the costume on if you plan to take him trick or treating. This will assure him that the costume doesn’t restrict his movement. Enlisting a friend to help is also a great idea. Have your friend give your dog treats when he’s wearing his costume, so that he’ll associate strangers with food and praise. If you’re planning on wearing a costume as well, you’ll need to introduce it to your dog too, with a similar approach. Dogs not only identify friendly people by scent and their voice, but also by appearance and the way they walk. Your pup might not recognize you in your costume at first. Let your dog sniff your costume and get used to it before you put it on. Try it on a few different times and talk to your furry friend and give him treats so that he also associates your costume with good things.
Some dogs, no matter how patient you are and how slowly you take things, just simply will not accept a costume. If your dog shows signs of stress or discomfort, please do not force them to wear a costume anyway. This would be very stressful for your pup. There are other ways to get your dog into the Halloween spirit besides costumes alone. A Halloween dog bandana or matching collar, leash and harness are great stress free options. If your pooch is fine with tees and tanks but hates a more cumbersome costume, a Halloween themed dog tee is a good choice as well. No matter what Halloween finery your pup sports, stay safe and have a spooktacular Halloween!
Shop now and save big! Our annual Labor Day Weekend Sale starts today. This is the perfect time for you to stock up on fall essentials, like our dog hoodies and dog sweaters. Halloween is just around the corner. This is a great opportunity to save on a ghoulishly good dog costume for your pooch! Act now to save 20% off everything (excluding sale items). Use the coupon code “WKND20″ to save! This coupon is good until Monday, 9/3 @ 11:59 PM.
Bringing your dog along for the Halloween traditions of trick-or-treating can be a great time for the both of you. More people are deciding to let their pooch join in the festive fun. Before heading out on that spooky night make sure to have all the necessities for you and your furry friend. Nobody likes to be dressed in itchy tight clothing. Be sure you pick out a dog costume that is cute, but also comfortable on Rover. Check the measurements to ensure that your dog costume isn’t too big or too small. If you are venturing onto gravely roads, dog boots are a good idea (and even some reflective dog gear for after sunset). There are quite a variety of dog costumes to chose from – try on different ones to see which your pooch prefers. Let them get use to their costume before Halloween night. It’s promised that everybody will get a real kick out of your costumed canine. It may be beneficial to bring along some water for your furry friend to help quench your happy pup’s thirst. As always, remember to clean up after your pet during the walk – there will be a lot of people also enjoying the Halloween evening. A short leash will prove handy on this busy night; keeping your dog close to your side during trick-or-treating is a good idea. Providing some dog treats will help keep your dog behaved (and since they can’t have the treats being handed out at the door a few dog treats will keep them involved with the tradition). Pay close attention to your pup to make sure any dropped wrappers or candy aren’t spotted with Spot’s snout – chocolate is highly dangerous for pets. It is important to make sure your pup is enjoying the evening in a safe manner. Halloween is only once a year, so make it a good one for you and your dog!
Halloween always seems to creep up. Before you know it the seasons have changed and everything goes from red and blue to black and orange. Before those black and orange colors are traded in for a more festive red and green, treat your dog without tricking your wallet. There are plenty of fun little Halloween surprises to spoil your pup with that are under $15!
1. Creepy Cutie Dog Toy – $4.99
Halloween pet toys have never been so delightfully devilish as our Zanies® Creepy Cuties. Plush bat, ghost and pumpkin designs; each with a squeaker inside.
2. Spooky Night Dog Collar – $7.99-$12.99
Our Casual Canine® Spooky Night Dog Collars are perfect for Halloween walks. Spooky designed polyester overlay is stitched on nylon backing for added durability. Collars feature plastic buckles and a nickel-plated D-ring. Coordinating Leads are available.
3. Gourmet Halloween Dog Cookies Box – $9.99
Barkworth Gourmet Halloween Cookies are tasty, all natural dog treats in five spooky Halloween shapes. These dog cookies are made from natural ingredients for a tasty, wholesome treat.
4. Doggie Doodles Bandanas – $5.99
Dress up any canine friend with these Aria™ Doggie Doodles Bandanas. Measuring 19″ square, they can easily be cut down to size for smaller dogs. These eye-catching dog bandanas are a great way to add a touch of color and style. Great for Halloween, or any time of year.
5. Gruntin’ Pumpkins Dog Toys – $8.99-$14.99
These Grriggles® Gruntin’ Pumpkins are not only great for Halloween time fun, they’re an adorable addition to any pup’s toy selection. The grunter and crinkle paper inside add tons of fun.
Halloween is not only a fun holiday for children, but dogs and their owners as well! Dressing up, trick or treating and eating tasty treats can be the best perks of Halloween for humans and dogs alike. There are also many potential hazards and sources of stress for your dog during this holiday that can be easily avoided by following these few simple tips.
Dressing your dog up is one of the best parts of Halloween. From pirates to pigs, fairies to elephants, something about a dog dressed up in a costume is just too cute not to do. However, making sure your dog is comfortable and calm in clothing is key before deciding on a costume. Start by taking a simple article of clothing such as a Holiday Dog Bandanna or a light weight tshirt like our Ghost Dog Tee. If your dog seems to like dressing up and is not bothered by the clothing, then a costume could be the next step! Make sure to choose an outfit that fits your dog properly. If it’s too tight, it can cause discomfort and cut off circulation. If it’s too loose it can get stuck on objects or cause your dog walking issues from tripping over the excess fabric. The best way to ensure a proper fit is to take your dog’s measurements then compare with a size chart. After you have accurate measurements, you can pick out one of our adorable costumes to dress your fur baby in, like the Lil Sheep Dog Costume!
Another safety hazard for dogs is all the candy laying around. Many people leave candy out in a bowl for trick or treaters, and a lot gets dropped from children running house to house. Make sure to keep extra close attention to what your dog is eating and keep them away from all candy and wrappers that could cause harm. In order to prevent your dog from going after any food in sight, stock up on dog friendly treats like our Trick or Treat Pumpkin Rawhides. These natural dog chews are safe and tasty for your dog to chomp, while providing an extra special Halloween treat! One major point of stress on Halloween for your dog is the constant ringing of the doorbell. Most dogs tend to get overexcited when the doorbell rings, so imagining it ringing all day! If your dog tends to get worked up over the doorbell it may be best to keep them at a distance by using a dog or baby gate to confine them to an area in the house they feel comfortable in away from the door. By following these simple Halloween safety tips you and your fur baby can both have a happy, safe Halloween experience. And remember to include your dog in the Halloween fun!