Dressing up for the occasion
When it comes to dressing your dog up, you should take into consideration personality, weather (especially since it's colder right now), and general comfort. Since the day is about your four-legged friend, it's important to make sure that they'll enjoy the occasion.
Not every pup is going to enjoy spending time in a bulky costume, especially our corgi and collie friends who prefer the cold weather. But they can still join in the fun, so consider something simple or perhaps even a little entertaining like some alien antennae or a 'super' cape that they can chase around.
Since comfort is a big part of dressing up (even we don't enjoy wearing something that doesn't feel right for very long), make sure that what your pup dresses in isn't going to bother them. The last thing you want is to buy a nice costume that they're just going to rip off and turn into a chew toy. Make sure your pup's costume fits them properly, and that you don't have any tags or seams that might irritate them in certain spots.
There are various costumes, hats, and other charismatic articles that you can buy. But you don't always have to spend a lot of money to have fun. If you don't want to go out and buy a costume, go ahead and put your own creative and innovative talents to the test. Maybe that Halloween costume from last year needs a few changes to turn it into something new (and maybe a little less uncomfortable). Change around hats, or add a pair of bunny ears.
Puppy party time
Aside from dressing up, we can throw a party to really make the day enjoyable. Why not organize a puppy party where all of your friend's pups dress up too. Of course, your pup isn't the only one who gets to get into costume. You and your friends can join in as well. Perhaps even have your pup go dressed up as a sheep and you as a shepherd. Then, you'd be able to find your four-legged friend no matter where they run off to (and everyone will know who belongs to who). You can even trade places with your pup. All you need is a tail and some doggy ears, and your pup can wear a hat and tie. The leash would only add to the style if it looks like your pup is walking you.
The nice thing about throwing a puppy party is that you can theme it any way you want to. Perhaps an elegant dress-up with a doggy tuxedo to look good for their special day, and there are stylish dresses for the girls, too. Both you and your pup can look nice for the occasion, even if they do manage to find some dirt to roll in. But that's what the washing machine is for.
Don't forget the puppy treats to add some flavor to your party. You and your friends can bake your own doggy biscuits or soft banana strips that your pups can enjoy.
But where can you enjoy such costume parties? While dog parks might seem like a nice place to meet-and-greet with other puppy party goers, it isn't always sanitary or safe health-wise for dogs. A secure location, such as your own backyard or home would be much safer and probably more enjoyable for you pups, especially if they want all those delicious treats to themselves. Plus, you won't have to worry about someone else's huge dog knocking anyone down and taking off with their costume hat.
This January, you can celebrate spending some time with your pup by dressing up and throwing a puppy costume party. Have a few friends over, play a few games with your four-legged friends, and even get dressed up yourself. It's time for everyone to get dressed up and have some fun.