While Halloween is a fun time for children, it can be very dangerous for dogs. People dressed up as zombies and ghosts can terrify some dogs, and ringing doorbells are enough to drive most dogs into a barking frenzy! It’s very important for you to take precautions for this day.
Before Halloween, inspect your fence and make certain that there is absolutely no way your dog could escape. The sight or even noise of trick-or-treaters and ringing doorbells could easily frighten a dog, causing him to panic and look for an escape. Make certain your dog has a form of identification on him like your address embroidered on his collar or an ID tag. Microchips are a good idea too, but most people don’t think of having stray dogs scanned and assume that if there is no ID tag, there is no owner.
Be Cautious of Dressing up Your Dog
Some dogs love to dress up, but most don’t. Please don’t force your dog to wear a costume! If your dog likes dressing up for Halloween, make sure nothing in his costume is too tight or can be chewed off, and never leave your dog unsupervised.
Going Trick-or-Treating? Please Leave Your Dog at Home!
It’s never a good idea to take your dog trick-or-treating with you. Becuase it’s dark it’s easy to lose your dog, and the spookily dressed children could easily frighten him into yanking the leash right out of your hands. Please leave your dog at home in a secure room or his cage (leaving him alone in the yard is not a good idea as he could dig under or jump over the fence trying to escape the stress).
If you will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, please don’t let your dog greet the children! Even if your dog is friendly, a kid dressed like a zombie could scare him, making him feel like he should protect you from this odd new thing. Also, some children are afraid of dogs, so please be considerate and leave your dog in a secure room or his cage with a toy or two for company.
Candy easily upsets doggy stomachs, so please don’t share any with your dog (especially chocolate; it’s poison for us!). Throw away all candy wrappers and make sure the kids keep their candy up high.
Have a safe and fun Halloween with your dog!