How to take the perfect Halloween dog photo

It’s that time again – Howl-oween! Do you have your costumes picked out? It’s the season for creating memories and taking photos so read on for our top tips for getting your pups dressed and ready for picture day. Just remember to give them a treat for their trick!

Where Should I Take my Photos?

Location, location, location! There are a ton of options for where you can take your photos. If your house is decorated, you’re one step ahead! Now all you need to do is check out the Off-Leash K9 FB page for snapshot inspiration. If you are seeking more of a destination setting, try your local hardware store/garden center (don’t forget to call ahead to make sure they are pet-friendly!). Often, these places have festive decoration set up perfectly for photo ops, full of hay bales, scarecrows, and pumpkins. Feeling even more adventurous? Check out a pumpkin patch or apple picking orchard – the action shots will be worth it for the price alone!

Halloween photos at Home Depot

What Kind of Costume Should I Pick? (Dos and Don’ts)

Do: Remember you don’t need a full-blown costume for the maximum cute factor. Some pets are the most photogenic when sporting festive bandanas, collars, bow ties, scarves, and even onesies! If your pup does have enough patience for a costume, get creative! Maybe you’ll find one that compliments yours. You know your dog best, so you know what he’ll tolerate best.

Don’t: Whatever you choose, make sure you prioritize your dog’s safety and comfort. Certain outfits might cause your dog to overheat or increase unnecessary stress. Remember, even if it’s cute and you want the perfect picture, if your dog is uncomfortable, you’ll be able to tell. Store-bought costumes can have awkward pinch points or cause overheating if you’re not careful. Watch for excessive panting or excessive scratching that might indicate some of these issues.


Remember: Happy pups are photogenic pups!

How do I Take the Perfect Photo?

We’re glad you asked. Here’s a quick look at our best practices:

  1. Remember: relaxed pets are the happiest pets! Make sure their costume is comfortable and breathable, and give them lots of praise for wearing it so well!
  2. Use toys and treats to grab their attention. Keep a treat or toy right above your camera (or wherever you want them to look). They’ll perk up and you’ll be able to keep their attention as long as you need – just be sure to reward them for being so photogenic.
  3. Use fun angles and highlight their personality! Try lying on the floor with them while you take their photo – get on your pup’s level for a brand new perspective. Is your dog mostly active or just really goofy? Try an action shot or catch them at their silliest, letting their personality shine through the snapshot.
  4. Use their Off-Leash K9 training. Your dog is trained to listen to you, no matter what you’re asking them to do. Now’s the time to use Sit and Extended Sit!

What do I do with my Fabulous Photos?

Showcase them on your social media, make them into a Holiday card, or anything in between! If you’re located in the Colorado Springs area (Monument to Pueblo) we have an extra special opportunity for you! Off-Leash K9 is sponsoring a Halloween costume contest organized by KRDO, a local news station in Colorado Springs. Photos can be of families, kids, or pets and we will select three winners: two pets and one child! The contest runs Oct 1-31 and we can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with. Check it out here.reKRDO con.



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