Halloween is around the corner! You have a to-do list that includes buying treats and candies, costumes, pumpkin carving and maybe even a big party at home. You want to remember every detail and your dog is one of the first things on the list!
If you are thinking about ways to keep your pet safe and happy, here are some ideas that you can add to your list:
Keep your dog inside your home, unless your neighborhood is quiet and you want to take your dog out for a walk. Sometimes children go running to pet a dog, and they don't ask if it's safe to do it. Your pet may be the friendliest pet in the world, but in different situations, he can be scared and bite someone! We don't want a scary Halloween.
If you sIf you stay at home to greet children at the door with treats, put your dog in a separate and quiet area. If it's possible, take turns with the family so one person can stay and play with the dog. Noises and unknown smells coming from the door that can make your dog feel nervous. Make Halloween a happy day for your pet.
Be careful if you have children. Explain to your kids that they can't give candies or chocolates to the dog and watch them anyway. Your dog may have "that begging face" that kids can’t resist. Instead, have a small batch of treats specially made for your furry friend!
Does your dog have a tag or a microchip? Halloween is not as scary as fireworks for dogs, but if you get distracted and your dog is anxious, he could run away!
If you wIf you want to make a costume for your dog, make sure you make it with a soft and comfortable fabric and nothing so complicated that he can't move.
Do you want to take your dog to celebrate? Check with the pet shops in your area, some of them have dog parades and costume contests.
If you want to get more tips for your dog's safety on Halloween, check these posts with more information:
The Humane Society: How to give your pets a safe and happy Halloween
ASPCA: Halloween Safety Tips
PetMD: 10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
Have a happy and safe Halloween! And don't forget to add these tips to your to-do list. Do you have another suggestion? Share it on the comments!