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Halloween Tips for Dog Owners

Halloween time can be so much fun, and with all of the bustling excitement of seeing everyone all dressed up for the festive night, you might want to dress your furry friends up as well. What’s fun for humans can sometimes be downright scary to pets, so take a few things into consideration to help your furry family member have a safe and happy Halloween this year.
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Watch out for stray candy. This may seem silly, but you ‘ll actually want to pay close attention to the ground if you plan on walking your pooch around and doing some trick or treating. Candy and gum can (and will) be dropped by kids and adults alike on the Halloween fun trails. If you’re on the path with your puppy pal, be sure to be on the lookout for candy that might be laying on the ground. You won’t want your pooch to accidentally eat something that could be harmful. If you have a small dog, it might be best to carry them if you’re walking in a crowded area. Too much foot traffic and commotion might startle them, or could lead to them accidentally being stepped on.

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Think about your pet’s costume. Pet costumes are adorable, but you’ll want to make sure that your pet’s costume is safe for them to wear. PetSmart has some adorable Halloween costumes for pets. Make sure that your pet’s costume is flame retardant, fits comfortably, and doesn’t obstruct their view in any way. You’ll also want to make sure that there aren’t any small objects or parts of the costume that can be chewed off.

Secure your pets. Even if you aren’t going to be patrolling the neighborhood with your little sweetie, there’s still the risk that they might run off while you’re handing out candy. If you’re going to be opening and closing your front door a lot on Halloween night, be sure to secure your pets in another room, or in their crates (if they have them). You can cut down on pets being frightened by asking neighbors not to ring your doorbell. You can also eliminate the issue by staying out on your front porch or stoop with a bowl of candy during trick or treating hours. A good way to let others know that you are no longer passing out candy is to turn your porch light off.

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Be kind to your pet. If you put a costume on your dog and they seem uncomfortable, scared or miserable, do the right thing and take it off. Keeping your dog in a costume that they obviously don’t want to wear can really scare them. If your pet doesn’t handle crowds well, don’t take them out in the neighborhood while there are a lot of people walking about. If you do venture out with your pet on Halloween night, make sure that they are on a leash. If your dog is prone to nipping or biting, keep them at home- for the safety of others, as well as your pet’s.

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Halloween can be fun, but it can also be pretty scary for pets. Halloween night is often filled with strange scents, loud noises, and other things that might frighten your favorite friend. You can help ease their anxiety by making your home a calm space for them to relax. Keep the lights dim, and make sure your pet has access to a favorite toy or blanket, and has plenty of contact with you throughout the evening. You can find cute Halloween pet toys like the Grriggles Boo Bat Dog Toy at The Animal Rescue Site.

Keeping these things in mind will help you and your pet have a safe, fun, and memorable Halloween.