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Should I Take My Dog Trick-Or-Treating?
10/29/15 at 11:55 AM | Published Under Dog Play
It’s that time of year when the holiday season rolls out from ghosts and goblins to New Year’s fireworks. If you plan on making your dog a part of the festivities, you’ll need to know what’s best for everyone involved.
Here are a few tips that can help make Halloween less scary for your dog, yourself and others.
1) Consider where you live and your pet’s personality.
If you live in a rural or semi-rural area, it may actually be safer for you to take your dog trick-or-treating. If you live in an urban area with a lot of trick-or-treaters, your dog may scare small children—or they may scare him. Since you’ll be going onto someone else’s property, he must be able to obey your commands instantly.
If your dog isn’t well trained or tends to snap at pets and other people, leave him at home. The last thing you want is for him to attack someone or become so frightened that he doesn’t enjoy the experience.
2) Find or make a costume for your dog.
Look for pet Halloween costumes at pet stores or special seasonal stores. Or make a costume yourself. Essential accessories include reflective leashes, ID tags, collars with flashing lights and even a safety vest.
3) Get your dog used to wearing the costume – or skip it
Dress your dog two weeks before Halloween, for just 10 minutes. If he reacts well, extend the wearing time each day. If not, don’t force it. Always praise and reward your dog while he’s wearing the costume so he’ll see this as a positive experience.
4) Always keep your dog on a leash.
Keep him on short reflective leash so children, loud noises, scary decorations, etc won’t distract him. Bring treats to distract your dog when you encounter other dogs. For smaller pets, consider a backpack carrier.
5) Don’t let your dog near any type of candy.
Some sweets like chocolate can be fatal. And you don't know which ingredients may be harmful in other ways.
6) Bring bags to clean up after your dog.
No one ever wants to step in dog waste!
If you follow these Halloween tips for trick-or-treating with your dog, everyone can enjoy a treat!