Dogs love tricks and treats, so here are some tips for a fun and safe Halloween to keep their tails wagging!
If your dog is accustomed to wearing coats, sweaters, and even dresses or sunglasses during the rest of the year, you are going to have a blast dressing your “fur kid” up for Halloween. Countless costumes are for sale at pet supply stores, pet boutiques, Internet pet sites, and even grocery and department stores. Fairy princess or wicked witch, cheerleader or Superdog, cowboy or cow—you can turn your dog into anything this time of year. With just a tiny bit of creativity, you can also make your own costume for your dog. Here are some ideas to do it yourself:
Throw a Howl-O-Ween Party!
Invite your dog’s little buddies over for a bash! Play games like “bobbing for hotdogs” (instead of bobbing for apples) and “catch the corn” (see which dog can catch the most pieces of unbuttered popcorn in a minute). Have a costume contest. Hold a “Best Trick” contest (the winner earns a treat!). Ask everyone to bring cookies made for dogs—and don’t forget some tasty snacks for the humans, too!
Keep ’em Safe
While Halloween can be great fun, it can also pose serious dangers for your dog. Lots of dogs are frightened when hordes of small children come knocking at the door, demanding candy. Heck, it scares me a little bit, too. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind on Halloween:
That chocolate warning applies at Halloween, too. Also, tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if your little dog swallows them.
Pumpkins with candles inside are dangerous. Your dog could knock your pumpkin over and start a fire. Use caution, and consider a battery operated light inside your Jack-o-lantern if you have a very rambunctious little dog.
Keep Him Away from the Trick-or-Treaters
Unless your dog is an absolute social butterfly, keep him in a separate room when the trick-or-treaters come to the door. Even a kid-size Frankenstein looks pretty scary to a tiny dog.
Prevent Door Dashing
Have a system to prevent door dashing. Whether you have a dog who’s frightened, or one who wants to follow the kids, Halloween is a big night for dogs escaping from home. Leave your dog in a separate room or hold him in your arms (if he’s very social). Don’t give him the option of dashing out the door.
Have a Happy (and Safe) Halloween!
Info from Nylabone.com