Toxic chocolate certainly tops the list of concerns on Halloween, but candy isn’t the only culprit. Some spooky fun can be downright frightening and dangerous for pets. So howl you keep your dog safe and happy this Halloween? Follow our expert tips to make sure that your pet’s safety and well-being are top priority.
Create a “safe space”
The number one thing you can do for your dog is make a “safe zone” that they can retreat to whenever they hear noises or get stressed by too many candy foraging kids coming to the door. Build your dog a cozy corner away from high-traffic areas like doors or kitchens (if you’re having a Halloween get-together). Include their crate, their bed or a favorite blanket, plus their water bowl, a favorite toy, or anything you know that they love to keep by their side.
Keep paws off the sweets
Dogs will follow their noses to anything, including toxic chocolate. Store candy and sweets higher than counter height to avoid counter surfing and consumption of chocolate, dangerous sugars or other potential hazardous ingredients.
Kids in costumes—even adorable plush baby bees—can actually be really scary for some dogs. The best place for pets on October 31st? Inside your house, day and night.
Work the door
Have a busy neighborhood for trick-or-treaters? Put up a baby gate to ensure your pup doesn’t run out the door and get lost. Just in case they manage to get out, make sure they’re wearing a collar with identifying information.
Put decorations away
It’s no news flash that dogs love to put new things in their mouths. So keep homemade ghosts on strings and other decorative things off the floor and out of your curious canine’s reach.
Mind the tail
Nothing says Halloween like glowing Jack-o-lanterns near the front door—just make sure they are far from where furry tails can knock them over or get burned!
Keep them comfy
Dressing your dog up as a taco is, ahem, pretty cute—but it’s only cute if they’re comfortable. Make sure whatever you dress up your dog in fits correctly and doesn’t restrain them from seeing, breathing, or moving normally. Bandannas, capes, and festive flair are great alternatives to full costumes.
Tune in and Zen out
Do new sounds and activities make your dog stressed? Turn your radio or Spotify to an instrumental music or classical music channel and try to keep them busy with a healthy, long-term chew option. Hopefully, the next time your doorbell goes “ding-dong,” your pooch will be peacefully occupied in their cozy safe zone, chewing away.