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 kids in costumes. Either way, make sure you take all the necessary precautions to have a safe and happy Halloween. Here are a few tips for keeping your dog out of danger on this spooky night.
1. Treats are not for dogs.
Keep all treats out of reach of dogs. Chocolate is toxic to canines, but even if there is no chocolate, your dog doesn’t need an upset stomach tomorrow. 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 them 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. Also, make sure the leash is short and keep your dog at your side. Scary strangers in costumes can frighten dogs and cause them to bolt, so keep a firm grip.
4. Make sure you are visible.
Wear reflective gear and carry flashlights when out trick-or-treating, especially in neighborhoods with no street lights. This includes your pup. They should have reflectors on their harness, collar, and leash.
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, they won’t be looking for food and snacks. Keep some dog treats around so your pup can partake in the Halloween fun.
7. Don’t force your dog to wear a costume unless they are okay with it.
If your dog is going to wear a costume it’s best to get your photos right away so you can take off any accessories that might be annoying to your dog or make it difficult for them to see or walk. It’s fun to play dress up, but don’t force your dog to wear anything they are uncomfortable with.
8. Make sure your dog is wearing identification.
Your dog should be microchipped and wear a collar with identifying tags in case they get lost or run off. Too many dogs end up at shelters after Halloween night, and this will be your best chance of being reunited with them quickly if the worst happens.
9. Be prepared for an emergency.
Save the phone number and address of your local animal emergency room in your phone for 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. If keeping your dog safe means you have to sit out on the fun this year, it’s worth it. Don’t let celebrating one night of the year put your dog in harm’s way.
Hope you all have a happy and healthy Halloween out there! Can’t wait to see pics of your pups in the comments below!