Doggys Dan’s Halloween Safety Tips for dogs
Doggys Dan’s advice for Halloween
Halloween is a really fun holiday and there’s no reason your dog can’t join in on the fun, too!
That being said, all holidays do come with unique risks for pets, and Halloween is no
I want both you and your dog to be able to enjoy this spooky holiday, without any health scares for your dog.
For that reason, I decided to put together a handful of important Halloween safety tips that will help keep your dog safe.
TIP #1: KEEP YOUR PET AWAY FROM HALLOWEEN CANDY
Candy in general is not safe or healthy for your dog, nor should it
ever be fed to your dog. Small hard candies are choking hazards and if you didn’t know already, chocolate is poisonous to dogs.
Just a few small nibbles can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Always keep your candy bowls away from your dog’s. Treat your dog to a dog biscuit or a piece of cheese this Halloween, not something you picked up with trick-or-treating!
TIP #2: BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT DRESSING UP YOUR DOG FOR HALLOWEEN
Some dogs don’t mind being dressed up in costumes but many dog’s become anxious and stressed out when costumes are forced on them.
If your dog doesn’t like being dressed up,please don’t ever force him to wear a costume.
On the other hand, if you dog doesn’t mind wearing a costume, make sure the
costume you pick out is safe. Stay away from costumes with heavy materials,
costumes that cover your dog’s ears, nose, eyes or mouth, or costumes that
have dangly materials (like buttons, pom poms, or plastic pieces) as they can
easily be chewed off and become a choking hazard.
TIP #3: PREPARE A SAFE PLACE IN THE HOUSE FOR YOUR DOG
The constant ring of a doorbell due to kids trick-or-treating or the influx
of people in your house due to a Halloween party can easily stress your
If the chaos of Halloween becomes too much for your dog, it’s
important to have a place where she can go that’s quiet and free of people.
I recommend blocking off space in a room and placing a dog bed, a bowl of water, and
your dog’s favorite toy in that room. A quiet space will help your dog calm down and relax.
TIP #4: KEEP YOUR DOG’S ID TAG ON
Every year dogs escape from backyards through front doors as people are
constantly coming in and out of houses for parties and trick-or-treating. If
your dog does somehow get out, it’s important that he is able to be easily
identified so he can be returned home safely.
TIP #5: BE AWARE OF CANDLES, JACK-O-LANTERNS, AND OTHER OBJECTS THAT
Halloween festivities can cause your dog to become hyper and excited. If your dog starts running around your home, it’s easy for him to accidentally knock over candles or anything else that has a flame.
This is a major fire hazard. To ensure an accident doesn’t happen in your
home, make sure all your fire hazards are placed where your dog can’t
accidentally knock them over.
TIP #6: SET YOUR DOG UP FOR SUCCESS
It’s your responsibility as a dog owner to set your dog up for success on Halloween night.
For instance…If you know your dog gets nervous and bites when he is overwhelmed by too many people, put him in a cage in a quiet room where he won’t be reactive.
If your dog has a sweet tooth and likes to get into things, put your Halloween candy in a bowl with a secure lid.
If your dog gets nervous and has a tendency to run from things that make him nervous,make sure she is placed in a quiet room where she can’t get scared and run out the front door.
You get the idea…
I wish you and your dog a very happy Halloween! Enjoy!