7 Safe and Fun Halloween Dog Tricks: It should be fun for everyone to dress up, go trick-or-treating, or just watch the door for little ghosts and goblins. But safety should come first. Follow these eight Halloween safety tips for dogs to keep your best friend calm this season.
1. No candy for trick-or-treaters
It’s okay to give your dog treats for tricks, but not for Halloween candy. The candy you’ll be giving out and the candy your kids bring home should be kept somewhere your dog can’t get to.
That being said, you should keep your dog away from all candy, but especially anything that has chocolate or Xylitol in it, which is a sweetener used in sugar-free gum. The dogs can get sick from both of the ingredients.
You have to deal with candy more than just now and then. In the coming days, stray M&Ms or Snickers bars may show up on your walk, at other people’s homes, or anywhere else your dog goes. Keep an eye out for lost treats in case your dog gets a hold of something dangerous.
If your furry friend does swallow something they shouldn’t, please call your vet right away and do these things. Toll-free at (855) 764-7661 is the Pet Poison Helpline. Please keep in mind that there is a $85 call fee.
2. Don’t let your dog get near the door.
These days, most dogs are very protective of their “dens” and “pack.” Children ringing the doorbell and coming to the door on Halloween night can be too much for your furry friend. It’s best to keep your best friend busy in another room.
For a few hours, keep your dog away from the front door. This is true whether they are very friendly and loving with strangers, protective, or shy. This extra safety measure will keep your dog away from strangers dressed up in scary clothes. It will also make the night less stressful for them.
3. Use smart decorations
People who like to decorate have a great time on Halloween. A lot of those holiday decorations can be dangerous for your dog, though. You shouldn’t be afraid to decorate your house for Halloween, but you should be careful while you’re having fun.
- Watch out for these decorations that could turn into things that are dangerous.
- Your dog might want to chew on the wires and cords from electric decorations.
- Dress up clothes and accessories for kids or adults that your dog might think are toys and swallow.
- Glow sticks that have liquid inside them that can really sicken your dog.
- There are candles that your dog could knock over and start a fire.
4. Don’t go outside with your dog alone.
Keep an eye on your furry friend at all times during trick or treating because things can get crazy. Take your dog outside when they need to go to the toilet or stretch their legs. Also, don’t take walks with your dog when trick-or-treaters are around unless they’re good on a leash and don’t mind meeting some scary kids.
5. Make sure that your dog has the right tags on.
What can happen when it’s crazy outside, even if you do everything you can to keep your dog safe? If your pet tries to get out the door and runs off, you should be ready. If that happens, you should make sure it’s easy for other people to find them. Among these steps are:
Setting the collar up so that it doesn’t fall off or get caught on anything.
Putting on an ID tag with your contact information on it.
Making sure that the information on their microchip is correct.
6. Keep an eye out for trash and leftovers
Your dog can swallow more than just candy during and after Halloween, which can be dangerous. After Halloween, people might leave behind candy wrappers, costume pieces, and other things that could be dangerous.
Look both inside and outside your house for anything your dog could get to that could be dangerous. Get rid of something before your dog finds it if you think it could choke them or cause them other problems.
7. Take your dog for a walk before the party starts
Some people say that a tired dog is more likely to be a good dog. If your dog has too much energy, it might run around or act out.
Take your dog for a walk or play with him at least thirty minutes before trick-or-treaters arrive. A good, long nap is the only way to make sure Halloween goes smoothly.