Tips for Taking Your Dog Trick-or-Treating
Dogs may not get as excited about Halloween as their humans do, but that doesn’t mean they want to miss out on all of the fun, either.
If you’re thinking about taking your dog trick-or-treating this year, these tips will ensure that you and your dog have a fun and safe time.
Please note that organizations like the ASPCA and spcaLA, strongly advise against taking your dog out on Halloween, so try to find a dog-friendly trick-or-treating event instead.
It will be dark and chaotic, so make sure your pet can be easily seen by using reflective leashes and collars. If you don’t want to buy a new leash, you can get some reflective tape and place the tape on your dog’s leash and collar.
Haunted by a Shadow
Keep your dog on his leash at all times. If you don’t want to hold onto your dog’s leash, you can get a leash that ties around your waist, or add an extra leash to your existing one and attach those leashes together. This keeps your dog safe and your hands free to steal Halloween candy out of your kid’s bag.
The Calm Before the Storm
It seems like a no-brainer, but do not even consider taking your dog along while you trick-or-treat if your dog cannot handle the excitement. He’ll be touched, approached and stimulated left and right, so if there is any indication that he will freak out, don’t take him.
Passing Out the Goodies
If you’re not going trick-or-treating, but you’re expecting trick-or-treaters, use these tips to keep Fido calm and happy.
No Tricks, No Treats
Keep the bowl of candy out of your pup’s reach. You already know about the dangers chocolate presents to dogs, but wrappers and sticks can also do some serious stomach damage.
Hide and Seek
If your dog goes crazy when the door bell rings and barks his head off at the little ghosts and goblins at your door, consider keeping him in another room. Also make sure your dog has had plenty of exercise. A tired dog is a good dog.
Beware the Jack-O’-Lantern
Pumpkin is good for dogs, but a pumpkin with a lit candle inside is not good for pups. Keep the jack-o’-lanterns outside and the dogs in.
There Was an Eerie Glow that Night
If you’re using lights to decorate your house for Halloween, take note that curious puppies often mistake cords for chew toys, so keep any cords out of reach. And definitely do not let your dog get a hold of any glow sticks, which could make Fido very sick.