5 Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

Halloween is just around the corner and depending on your dog’s demeanor, this can be a fun and silly time, or one filled with stress and anxiety. Either way, the safety of your dog and local children is key to ensuring everyone enjoys themselves on Halloween night.

Not all Kids Love Dogs

Your dog may be the sweetest dog on the block, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t scare people. Some kids, especially young ones, are afraid of dogs and you don’t want to be the cause of some kid’s nightmares for years to come. Keep your dog in another room or sit outside and hand out candy.

Not all Dogs Love Zombies

Another reason to keep your dog in another room is that they have sworn to protect you at all times. They may feel the need to defend you from a herd of ‘Walkers’ standing at your front door. They don’t understand this is an evening of fun and silliness. That kid with his guts hanging out may be a little too much for his dog brain to process.

Not all Dogs Listen When Monsters are on the Loose

Even if you keep your dog inside and away from the door, be sure they have proper identification. A concerned dog will go to extreme lengths to get outside if there is something they need to investigate. Id tags will ensure they make it back home safe if you can’t get to them in time.

Not all Dogs Love to Play Dress Up

Never force your dog into a costume. You can coax them into it and if they are fine with it then great, but many dogs don’t like to wear stuff on their head or back. If you want to dress your dog up, start with dog shirts and rain gear several months before the holidays. If they’re used to wearing clothes, then the shark costume you picked out might work great. If it’s the first time, then start small, like with a bandana and work your way up to hippie or cowboy dog. Also, make sure the costume you choose does not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe.

All Dogs Love Candy

Keep all candy stashed away before, during, and after Halloween. Kids love to sneak their candy back to the room, and dogs know this. They will find and eat any candy stashed under the bed or in low-lying place. This could lead to grave consequences including vomiting, diarrhea, and even poisoning. Make sure your Halloween is fun and safe and keep that candy up, up, and away.