Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only things you have to worry about on Halloween. We should also worry about our dogs. While Halloween is a day of fun for us, it can be stressful for our four-legged friends. Plus, many of the treats we prize ourselves with are poisonous to dogs. Thankfully, there are ways to keep your dog safe during Halloween while still having some fun yourself.
Be careful with costumes
Many owners like to dress their dogs up for Halloween, thinking they enjoy it as much as we do. But this is usually a bad idea. Most dogs don’t like wearing clothing, and costume simply cause unneeded stress. You should only dress your dog up if you know they enjoy it. Instead, consider giving them a Halloween-themed collar for them to wear.
Hide the candy
Chocolate and most other candies are toxic to dogs. If you’re handing candy out to kids during the evening, keep the candy high up and out of reach. If you have kids who are coming home with candy, don’t let them sort through it on the ground. Have them sort through their candy on the kitchen table, and make sure they don’t try to slip any to their four-legged friend.
Watch out for decorations
Halloween decorations can sometimes fall prey to curious puppies. Not only can pumpkins easily get eaten, but your dog may start chewing on lights and other decorations. Keep all Halloween decorations out of reach, or at least keep an eye on your pup whenever they’re nearby.
Keep your dog in a separate room when trick-or-treaters come
The flurry of trick-or-treaters coming to your door will excite or stress out your dog. Not only that, but some kids may be allergic or scared of dogs. As such, it’s often best to keep your four-legged friend in a separate room during the evening. Just make sure your dog has plenty of toys, food, water, and blankets to keep them comfy.
For more tips on how to keep your dogs safe on Halloween, contact Family Puppies today!