Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe at Halloween

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Halloween can be stressful for many pets. Our tips for keeping your dog safe at Halloween can take the fright out of the night for your dog!


Make sure your dog’s identification is up to date

Double check your dog’s ID tag and/or microchip information. If your dog happens to become separated from you, this is his best bet for finding his way home!

Make sure your dog is comfortable

Be certain your dog’s costume is free of choking hazards and fits them properly. Introduce your dog’s costume before the big day and pair it with plenty of tasty treats to make it an enjoyable experience!

Make sure your dog feels safe

Scary costumes, small children and loud strangers can all be a nightmare for a fearful dog. Fearful dogs are increased risk of running away, or acting out at Halloween. Work with your dog on desensitizing them to these situations, or make a “safe space” for them in the house where they will feel safe and secure during Trick or Treat.

Prevent door-dashing

Door manners are extremely important as you greet Trick or Treaters. Teaching a solid “wait” at the door, or a “go to mat” behavior can help prevent your dog from running to greet Trick or Treaters or darting out when the door is cracked.

Keep candy out of their reach

Chocolate, raisins and certain artificial sweeteners (xylitol) are toxic to dogs, so be sure to keep your candy stash away from Fido. Teaching the commands “leave it” and “drop it” are also a fantastic way to help prevent your dog away from your goodies.

Know what to do in an emergency

Locate your closest 24 hour veterinary clinic and post the contact information and address on your refrigerator. If your dog ingests something you’re not sure about, contact the Pet Poison Helpline 24/7 at 855-764-7661. The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet.

Halloween is a great time to brush up on your dog’s obedience skills! Commands like “wait”, “leave it” and “drop it” are potentially life saving. If you need help perfecting these behaviors, give us a call today at (508) 248-4677