7 Spooktacular Halloween Safety Tips For Dogs
We love Halloween at PetGuide.com. Any excuse to dress up – we’ll take it! But we’re also aware that for some dogs, it’s not so much fun. That’s why we put together these Halloween safety tips for dogs. Make sure to consider his well-being before engaging in the festivities.
- Who’s at the door? With all those strangers coming up to your house and ringing the doorbell, your alert watchdog may drive himself into a tizzy… not to mention that a barking and charging dog may scare your trick or treaters. Your dog may even make try to make a break for the great outdoors once you open the door. Keep your dog in a quiet, safe room or kennel, equipped with a comfy bed, a few toys and a family member to reassure him that goblins are not trying to harm you.
- Never leave your dog alone in the yard on Halloween. He may get aggressive with all the people coming up to your house or Halloween pranksters may pull a trick and let him out of the yard.
- Don’t force your dog to wear a costume. If he clearly doesn’t like being dressed up, the costume affects his mobility or stresses him out, don’t make him put it on. Yes, you think it looks cute, but Fido may not see it that way.
- If your dog is fine with wearing a costume, make sure that it’s comfortable and doesn’t obstruct vision, hearing, or restrict movement. Take off any small pieces that can be chewed off or swallowed, and if you’re tying anything around his neck, make sure it’s not too tight (to prevent choking or strangling). Never leave your dog along when he is wearing a costume. He could chew on in or get tangled up.
- When trick or treating, leave your dog at home. There are a lot of new people on the street that your dog has never met before. They are running around, screaming and wearing masks. This can freak the calmest dog out. He may turn aggressive or bolt – better to be safe than sorry and leave him at home during this walk.
- Boy, does that Halloween candy sure look good! And it looks good to your dog, too. Keep it out your dog’s reach as chocolate is toxic to dogs and candy can make your pup sick. Make sure your kids understand the danger of the dog eating their Halloween candy and ensure they put it somewhere the dog can’t get it.
- A Jack-o-lantern is a Halloween staple. But once you light the candle, make sure that your dog keeps his distance. You don’t want him to get burned or knock it over in his excitement to investigate this interesting decoration.
Do you have any additional Halloween safety tips for dogs? Please share them with the community in the comment section below.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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