- Leave any costumes where your dog can access them.
- Put your dog in uncomfortable clothes where she can’t see, breathe well, or move freely.
- Wear loose beads, glitter, or other decorative embellishments that can break off or fall on the ground.
- Use face paint, dyes, or other human products on your pet.
That said, here are some doggy dos and don’ts of Halloween decorations:
- Keep decorations out of your dog’s reach.
- Consider dog-friendly decorations, such as high-hanging lights, wreaths, and flame-free jack-o’-lanterns.
- Leave pumpkins, fire-burning jack-o’-lanterns and candles, corn cobs, bones, lighting, and other hazardous decorations where your dog has access to them.
- Use noisy, motion-activated props. If they can scare kids, then they can scare dogs, whose ears are super sensitive and trained eyes are set to perceive fast-moving figures as threats.
If you’re planning on attending a Halloween event this year, remember that your dog is safest and happiest when left at home. All of the crazy costumes, eerie yard decorations, and people walking from house to house might confuse your pup, even if she can’t tell you just how scared she is.
With this in mind, here’s what you need to know about keeping dogs safe during Halloween activities.
- Keep your dog at home and away from trick-or-treaters.
- Create a quiet space for your dog to stay if ringing doorbells or people knocking on the door cause stress to your pet.
- Turn on the tv in a secluded room with your dog’s bed to give him a place to get away from all of the Halloween commotion.
- Secure all gates and fences for when your pet needs to go outside.
- Ensure your dog is wearing a collar with an up-to-date ID tag or microchip.
- Take your dog with you as you go trick-or-treating. Doorbells, noisy decorations, other dogs, and kids in spooky costumes running around can all frighten your dog.
- Keep your pet in the backyard; door-to-door visitors may lead dogs to bark and bark in distress.
- Go to an event with loud music, flashing lights, and other stimulating effects with your dog.
- Give your dog any type of food that isn’t safe for dogs.
- Leave dogs unsupervised with children, as kids may be tempted to feed their candy to family pets.
- Let your dog chew on bones, as bones are one of many seemingly harmless dog chew toys that can pose hazards to your dog’s teeth, gums, tongue, and stomach.
- Leave candy where your dog can reach it (this may mean putting candy on a high shelf if your dog is big enough to access countertops or tables).
All of the “don’ts” might make it seem like dogs can’t have fun on Halloween, but that doesn’t have to be the case! Remember, your dog can also partake in this haunted holiday, so long as you have pet safety in mind.
One of the best ways to incorporate Halloween into your dog’s October is through dog-friendly toys. Check out these tips on what to do and what not to do when it comes to dog toys.
- Offer your dog safe Fall and Halloween dog toys.
- Introduce your dog to new Halloween toys before Halloween so that your pet isn’t overstimulated come the 31st.
- Consider placing new toys in your dog’s safe space so that toys feel familiar and comforting—but still novel and engaging—by the time Halloween approaches.
- Give your dog toys made for children.
- Use costume props or other fun Halloween gadgets that aren’t designed for dogs as a substitute for a durable dog toy.
Not sure what toys to get for your dog? We put together a bundle that is designed for a fun Halloween for dogs.
Have A Happy & Safe Halloween!!
Until next time--