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EsPuppy 09-18-2017 08:44 PM

My wife, My dog and Halloween, thoughts needed1
Hello, Doberman forum thanks for the add it's great to be here.

I am here today because my wife is already preparing for Halloween next year and she is wanting to get my 3 years-old Doberman involved by dressing him up as a ghost dog or something along them lines. We haven't done it yet so please don't tear me a new one if you feel this is wrong! haha

First of all, what are your thoughts on dressing a dog up in general for Halloween? and what do you think about dressing up a Doberman? as long as everyone agrees that it's ok to do so has anyone here done this before? Is there anything we should keep in mind when dressing him up? any methods or techniques? pretty much anything that you guys know I would be greatly appreciative if you could share this information with me.

I have found some pictures of dogs dressed up online. Example below.

greenkouki 09-18-2017 09:08 PM

I don't see anything wrong with it. If it's nothing dangerous and they don't put up a fuss then it's harmless fun. If you're just doing it for a photo you can be more elaborate but if you want to leave it on for trick-or-treaters it may be a good idea to have something simpler so that your dog doesn't get hot or irritated. If you want to see some examples of DT members pets in halloween costumes there are some past competition picture threads on the topic. Unfortunately many of the photos are no longer available to view if they were posted via photobucket.

Mystic 09-18-2017 09:26 PM

I really like this one

Beaumont67 09-18-2017 09:32 PM

NO objection here, dress-up can be a fun thing...more for the adults maybe (hehe).

When our son was little - dad took son for trick or treats (around the block) / while mom stayed home with the doberman, to hand out candy, to the neighborhood kids.
- I didn't have to worry about the wife not being safe, the family doberman was their to protect her Mommy
- former Amy was a certified Therapy dog for hospitals & nursing homes visitation
- she always went to the front door (on alert), when their was a knock
- many times she was let onto the front porch, to visit the young children...standing with their open bags
- kids parents often stayed a distance away, at the end of the driveway
- the look on the parents face, was priceless / when a Doberman came outside to greet the small children
- the Dobe surprise did got a lot of laughs

jeitzen 09-19-2017 10:10 AM

We love dressing Zuko up every year for Halloween and making sure he is incorporated into it. He enjoys all the company and attention. We've dressed him up as a deer (painted white spots on him, since he's already brown), a refferee, a Skeleton (his outfit glowed in the dark so when he was outside peeing it totally looked like a skeleton was in our yard! LOL) and this year he'll be a hot dog and we're going to be ketchup and mustard! lol...

MeadowCat 09-19-2017 12:38 PM

I enjoy dressing my dogs up for photos and things, we've occasionally walked in the Halloween parade. However, I don't ask my dogs to be dressed up or answer the door for trick or treaters, for a couple of reasons - first, I think it's stressful on a lot of dogs to be subjected to the constant door ringing and kids. My dogs are really social, but I tuck them into their crates with some Kongs and chews for the night to keep things easier on them. Second, a lot of kids are scared of dogs, so I don't want anyone to be frightened when I open the doore with a dog. Overall, I just want a fun night for everyone.

Edited to add: with the constant door opening for trick or treaters, I also think everyone should be very careful to have ID on their dogs, and that's just one more reason my dogs are crated. Less risk of someone getting out and getting lost.

dax0402 09-21-2017 07:21 AM

Hi and welcome to the form! Baron, who everyone knows is the most dignified of Dobes, I think actually enjoys it. Although, he will give me the occasional EPAD look!

EsPuppy 09-21-2017 09:17 PM

Some great replies ans awesome pictures guys! This has made me feel so much better about getting our Doberman dressed up. The picture I posted above was just an example so now I go and speak with my wife she will be over the moon and start planning straight away once we have a few ideas I will be back! Thanks a bunch

EsPuppy 09-24-2017 10:31 PM

So my wife is over the moon and she has already gotten herself online and searching what costumes they should wear together. I will be back when she has a few ideas.

Thanks a bunch guys

EsPuppy 10-05-2017 10:43 PM

I think my wife has chosen to go down the batdog route check it out here it's the second one down old school batman costume. haha what do you guys think?

Busytown 10-06-2017 10:12 PM

On a similar (yet opposite) note, my kid wants to dress up as Doberman, but I'm having a heck of a time finding examples. They are all generic brown dogs or Dalmatians or something. I figure I could make him something, but not sure how to go about making it recognizable as specifically a Doberman, especially on a somewhat simple kids costume. The chest triangles could look easily look totally wrong, and I'm not capable of making a quality pointed muzzle. The ears would probably be the easiest, but I'm not sure just ears would be identifiable enough to the general public.

michaelschoeff 10-11-2017 08:47 AM

If I were you, I'd dress him as batman!

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