Halloween is a fun time of year for the whole family! A chance to dress up in costume, snag a few treats, and maybe some tricks too! But, bear in mind that, for your pet, Halloween can also be a stressful and dangerous time of year.
The DogRunnin Team has a few tips and tricks up our sleeves to help you and your dog stay safe and have fun this halloween!
Treats: Keep human halloween treats out of reach of your dog. Human treats are extremely high in sugars and chocolate is toxic to dogs. Delicious pumpkin dog treats are always a great idea, but be sure to limit their intake as pumpkin (while extremely good for your dog) can clog up their systems!
Tricks: Keep your dog Indoors and don’t leave your dog unattended outside on Halloween.
Trick or Treaters: Keep your pets away from the door when trick or treaters arrive. Ensure your pets cannot escape outdoors while you are handing out treats or surprise an unwitting stranger. Dog gates are a relatively foolproof fix, but if your dog is going to be greeting trick or treaters with you, we strongly recommend a hands-free leash so your dog cannot escape and you are free to hand out treats! A sign advising that a dog lives here is also a good idea, so trick or treaters who may be uncomfortable around dogs are aware of their presence.
Anxiety: If your Pet becomes anxious, find a quiet corner and let them be. A frozen kong is always a good distraction!
Off-leash areas: Be careful to check for potential hazards and debris post-halloween night.
Visibility: Use fluorescent gear and dog lights when walking your dog on Halloween. With lots of cars and tricksters about, it’s best to be as visible as possible!
Don’t accept treats from strangers: While generally well-intentioned, not everyone knows what is okay for your dog to ingest. Avoid feeding your dog treats provided by people you do not know. If you are comfortable letting others treat your dog, keep some extra treats near the door and offer these to those that would like to treat your pet.
Costumes: Make sure your pet is 100% comfortable if they are dressing up for the occasion. Ensure your dog can breathe, hear, and move properly, and that there are no hazardous materials or loose costume pieces that could be ingested. Let your pet get used to the costume in a low-stress environment in advance of the big night!
Tags: Make sure your pets have up to date ID tags with complete contact information should they go missing or escape.
Decorations: Be aware of your pet and the location of electrical wires, flames, and decorations. Dogs are inquisitive creatures and liable to fly too close to the sun. Blow-up decorations and loud noises can also be frightening for dogs, so be aware as you traverse your neighbourhood!