In the lead-up to Halloween, some pet owners are not only scrambling to get the latest superhero suit for themselves, but also for their canine.
Caolaidhe Lundy, manager of Yaletown dog-fashion store Barking Babies, said that costumes have been flying off the shelves since their arrival in September.
“People want to pet and play with the dogs when they’re so cute and dressed up,” she said. “A lot of dogs that come in here love the attention.”
Some of the store’s most popular costumes include a dragon, beer can, knight, sexy French maid and even Hugh Hefner.
A recent advisory by the B.C. SPCA warns owners against dressing their pets as it contributes to their stress at Halloween. Lundy advised people to watch their pet. If they have their tail between their legs or are cowering, remove the costume.
She suggests feeding your dog treats while dressing it so the dog associates costumes with pleasure and reduces their stress, but make sure it is only dog treats – no chocolate.
If your dog is stressed at Halloween from fireworks or the constant ringing of the doorbell from trick-or-treaters, the SPCA advises to put them in separate room with toys and with the radio on to mask the outdoor noise.
(And, in addition to the suggested costumes pictured above, we found this original costume idea slighty humorous and hope you do too. Let the season of cute-dogs-in-costumes videos begin...)