The spookiest time of the year is coming up soon! (And I don’t mean the election…) Our pets have done a lot to keep us sane and entertained this year, so make sure you let them celebrate Halloween in style. We’ve collected some of the most pawsome ideas for costumes for your pet. Check out our list below!

Clothing Optional: Always be sure your pet enjoys their costume and that it fits well. Costumes can be uncomfortable, difficult to move in, or downright scary for some pets so be certain that your pet gets as much enjoyment out of their costume as you do!

1. HotDog

We are suckers for the classics. This hot dog costume looks good enough to eat! For some extra fun, try dressing yourself up as ketchup or mustard, or put a creepy spin on it as the hot dog vendor!

2. Yodog

“Judge me by my size, do you?” Did you binge watch the Mandalorian? Does your pet love Star Wars as much as you? Then this Yoda costume will be right up your alley.

3. A Fearless Duo

If you have multiple pets in your household, consider dressing them up as a famous duo, like these Woody and Buzz costumes. To infinity, and beyond!

4. UPS Dog

We all know and love @upsdogs (and if you don’t, you should check them out for adorable pups and heartwarming stories). This Halloween let your pup dress up as their favorite Man or Woman in Brown. They could even carry some Milkbones to hand out to friends!

5. Batcat

“Holy Halloween, Batcat!” Just turn on the Bat Signal and the cutest batcat will arrive to save the day!

6. Ghostbuster Dog

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts! In this costume your pup will be ready to take on Gozer or the Staypuff Marshmallow Man in style!

7. Ursula and Ariel

Are you a Disney fan? Do you want to get into the Halloween spirit too? Then this combo Ursula and Ariel costume is perfect for you and your pet! Or try any princess & villain or princess & sidekick combo for some Disney fun this Halloween.

8. Hear me roar!

Let your pet’s wild side out with this lion mane for your dog or cat. They truly are the king of the beasts!

9. Where’s Waldo?

You might have a hard time finding your pet in this costume, but never fear! Waldo will turn up eventually on all of his adventures.

10. Captain America

Is your dog a su-paw hero? Can she leap tall buildings in a single bound? Does he fight for truth and justice? Then check out this (and many other) super costume to unleash the hero within.

11. Prisoner K9INM8

Maybe that supaw hero caught your pet in the act! He may not be the Joker or Jean Valjean, but if your pet is a mischievous munchkin then consider this costume and let your pup’s personality make a jailbreak.

12. Penny Wise

If you and your pet are into terrifying thrillers, then this Penny Wise costume is perfect for your pooch. But make sure IT doesn’t scare the neighbors!


And if you are over Halloween and can’t wait for Christmas, this walkable tree costume is definitely for you!

This list is by no means complete. Use your imagination or check out for plenty of great ideas.

And don’t forget to keep your pets safe this Halloween! Keep candy, wrappers, and decorations away from your pets so that they do not ingest them. Be sure that their costumes do not limit movement, hearing, and sight or impede their ability to breathe, bark, eat/drink, or go potty. Watch the front door to prevent potential escape by stressed or overwhelmed pets. Check their ID tag and/or microchip so that you can recover your pet if they do escape. Consider putting your pet in a quiet space away from the front door with their bed and some favorite toys to help them stay happy and calm this Halloween.


Boston Terrier in pink harness and leash, in front of owner's legsIt’s National Walk Your Dog Week! I know, I know, your dog is probably thinking “oh dear, not more walks!” What else have we had to amuse ourselves and stay active during these long months of Covid-19 besides 6 walks a day with our four legged friend? (I’m definitely not speaking from experience here…) An active dog is a healthier and more well-behaved dog, as we are all realizing after months of daily walks to get out of the house. But did you know there are different kinds of dog walks? Have you tried any of these listed below? If not, try some of them out on your next stroll around the block. Bonus – they are all socially distanced for your safety!

Why walk your dog?

There are 4 main reasons to walk your dog: exercise, elimination, stimulation, and training. Every one of your walks does not need to include all 4 reasons. It may actually be better for you and your pup to distinguish between longer exercise walks and shorter elimination walks at different times in your routine. Ideally, almost all of your walks would incorporate some training depending on what you and your pup need, but that does not have to be the sole focus (and shouldn’t be!) of all walks. Stimulation walks give your pup a time to interact with his/her world at large and learn about how he/she fits into the environment.

Before you start walking, make sure you have the proper equipment and get you and your dog some training if you need assistance with leash walking manners. Many dogs who pull do best in a harness, particularly a front clip or head harness. Trainers like Kate Perry caution against using a retractable leash. Retractable leashes can be dangerous for both your pet and surrounding pedestrians and can actually encourage your dog to pull.

Types of fun walks

  • Sniff Walks:

Dogs experience their world through their noses.  A dogs’s sense of smell is approximately 10,000 times better than that of humans! It’s therefore important for dogs to have time to stop and smell the roses or check their “pee-mail” while out on walks. Allowing your pup to sniff is an important way to improve your dog’s mental stimulation during walks. Instead of pulling your dog away from a fascinating smell, consider giving your pup some time to really get into the good sniffs. Reward any good behavior with a chance to sniff around for a few minutes. It’s a great way to bond with your dog while allowing him to wear his brain out. Let’s face it, what else do you have to do?

  • “Bark”-cour Walks:

Instead of walking along peacefully on the sidewalk, why not find your pup an obstacle course and test her “bark”-cour skills? Benches, steps, logs, rocks, curbs, or empty bike racks can be great opportunities for your pup to improve her balance and agility while providing mental stimulation and developing her confidence. Find a vacant playground or dog park with agility structures for a more intense version.

  • Training Walks:

This is a tried and true walk. While it may not be as intricate as the bark-cour or follow the leader walks, or as relaxed as a sniff walk, training walks are important to keep your dog’s skills and manners intact. You can chose to work on one aspect, like loose leash walking or dealing with distractions or other dogs, or work on several areas that you and your pup could improve upon. Training is a constant throughout your pet’s life to keep them safe and happy, so every now and then dust off your clicker and work your dog’s brain! Remember to bring high value treats and make training as fun and interesting for both of you as you can!

  • Follow the Leader:

Walking the same route can get boring for both you and your pup. Consider switching up your routes to give your dog new smells and sights. Or better yet, try following your dog for a walk or two! Sure you may spend 20 minutes sniffing the Magic Baguette Bush of ’18 and then zig zagging between all of the garbage cans, but your pup will love the freedom to explore and you can feel great knowing that you are giving them all the stimulation they could want.

  • Walk for a Cause:

Since March you’ve taken approximately 7,349 walks with your dog, right? Well, why not make all of those steps do some good? Apps like WoofTrax and ResQwalk are free and let you raise money for donations and resources for your favorite “people,” the four legged kind!

  • Walk in the Park:

We’ve been taking the same walks every day for the past few months. We see the same sights and our dogs have the same smells. If you have extra time every now and then, consider taking your pet to a state or regional park to explore new vistas in a safely socially distanced way. Bring along some special treats for training or toss them into the grass for your pup to “hunt” for even more stimulation (and a break for you if you’re tired!). There are many great parks in Minnesota to check out: here are a few from CBS and Sidewalk Dog.

Whether you’re taking a stroll around the block or hiking through the woods, make sure to do so safely. Be sure your dog always has proper identification just in case (collar tag and microchip), keep an eye on the temperature of the pavement under your pet’s feet, and bring plenty of water to keep you and your pup hydrated. If you regularly walk at night have both you and your pup don some reflective gear to be sure motorists can see you.

If you would love for your dog to enjoy more walks but you are unable to find the time to take them, that’s where we can help! Check out our dog walking services to see how we can improve your pet’s health and happiness, and your life!