Halloween is around the corner and a lot is going to be happening Halloween night. You might be taking your pup out trick-or-treating with the family, or staying home to hand out treats to trick-or-treaters. Either way, make sure you take all the necessary precautions to have a safe and happy Halloween.
1. Treats are not for dogs. Keep all treats out of reach of dogs. Chocolate is toxic to dogs but even if there is no chocolate, your dog doesn’t need an upset stomach tomorrow so just make sure your treats are secure.
2. Make sure your dog is safe and secure. If your dog is aggressive or tends to sneak out the front door when you open it, it might be best to crate your dog or keep him/her in a bedroom for a few hours for safety…and sanity. Do not leave your dog out in the yard on Halloween night. It’s just not safe with so many people roaming the neighborhoods.
3. Use a leash. If you are taking your dog out door-to-door make sure you have a good solid leash and harness. Make sure the leash is short and keep your dog at your side.
4. Make sure you are visible. Be sure to wear reflective gear and carry flashlights when out trick-or-treating. Especially in neighborhoods with no street lights. This includes your pup.
5. Obey the laws. Stay on the sidewalk and don’t walk in the street. Seems pretty obvious but sometimes people get careless and zigzag across the streets – it’s just not safe. Stay on the sidewalks and use the crosswalks.
6. Make sure your dog has had dinner. That way s/he won’t be looking for food and snacks. Keep some doggie treats around so your pup can partake in the Halloween fun.
7. Don’t force your dog to wear a costume unless s/he is okay with it. If your dog is going to wear a costume it’s best to get your photos right away, that way you can take off any accessories that might be annoying to your dog or make it difficult for him/her to see or walk. It’s fun to play dress up, but don’t force your dog to wear anything s/he is uncomfortable with.
8. Make sure your dog is wearing identification. Be sure that your dog is microchipped and is wearing a collar with identifying tags in case s/he gets lost or runs off.
9. Be prepared for an emergency. Be sure you know the phone number and address of your local animal emergency room in the event of an emergency. Pay attention to your dog. They might eat something when you are not looking. Have fun, but be aware.
10. Keep your dog safe no matter what. If your dog is aggressive with other dogs or frightened by costumes leave your dog at home in a safe and secure place. Halloween isn’t for everyone and that’s okay.
Hope you all have a happy and healthy Halloween out there! Can’t wait to see pics of your pups!