Halloween Tips For Your Dog

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Halloween is so much fun for the kids and the rest of the family, why wouldn’t the furry family member get to enjoy some of the trick-or-treating fun as well? After all, dogs love tricks and adore treats!

First things first, make sure your dog will actually enjoy trick-or-treating! For some dogs, trick-or-treating may cause stress. It can be very loud, excited children running around, costumes, and stray candy on the ground. It also might not be a good idea if your dog gets anxious or aggressive easily.

If you decide to leave your pup at home, leave them comfortably in a crate or in a quiet room away from first floor windows with a treat that they can chew on (like a Stuffed Kong or an all natural Bully Stick) or a special new chew toy (Wish Bone is my pup’s favorite and flavored with REAL bacon!)

On the other hand, if you have a well-behaved, social dog that gets unfazed by new and strange things, then taking them to trick-or-treating should be a walk in the park! If you think your dog can handle the crowds, then get the costume ready!

When including your pup in the festivities of Halloween, it’s going to take planning, patience, and definitely coordinating costumes. Here are a few tips for keeping your pup safe while trick-or-treating:

  • Put on a reflective collar or vest on your dog for visibility and carry a flashlight.
  • Keep your dog on a leash. Even if your dog is totally friendly and reliable off-leash, other people and their children may not be comfortable around your dog. Please respect other people’s personal space as you trick or treat. Try a no-pull harness if your pup needs help walking on a loose leash.
  • Bring a few baggies for clean up, just in case!
  • Do not allow anyone to give your dog candy, and be aware that there will be candy dropped on the ground.
  • Be extra alert! There may be other dogs out, and kids in a candy frenzy that might not pay attention to where they are going.
  • Take along some dog treats, and reward your furry friend periodically for being such a good dog.
  • If your pup seems unhappy, don’t force them to come along. Take them home and give them a dog-safe goody.
  • Your pup needs to dress the part on Halloween night. They are perfect for a Halloween sidekick costume, like Robin for example!

A little bit of planning will allow you and your pup to have a fun and safe Halloween! Happy Trick or Treating!

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