I see a lot of Internet traffic discussing the appropriateness of dogs in costumes. A consistent question is whether costumes impact the dignity of the dog. Those are interesting discussions to read, but I do find it hard to wrap my head around a dog being dignified. After all, these are creatures that generally don’t mind drinking out of toilets.
Outfits that fit on your dog like t-shirts or coats may actually do your dog some good. They work on the same principle as a Thundershirt. A Thundershirt is a an anxiety aide – it’s basically a special shirt for dogs that hits certain pressure points on the animal. If your dog is wearing a t- shirt, it does replicate at least part of the feeling.
On the other hand, dogs don’t generally like being patted on the head so it stands to reason that most dogs don’t love wearing antlers or bunny ears. A better way to do a holiday theme may be to use a themed scarf or seasonal collar.
Of course, whatever your dog wears (or whether they wear anything) is really a decision you need to make based on your dog’s personality. Some dogs are happy to wear anything you want them to – others not so much. As you can see from the picture here, it is possible for a dog to be dignified in a costume!