Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween


Aragon the Cowardly Lion for The Doggy Dojo costume contest last year.


Pumpkins and candy and costumes, oh my! Halloween is creeping up in just a few days, and if you’re a fan of The Doggy Dojo Facebook page and/or follow The Doggy Dojo on Instagram, you’ve seen dozens of darling pups in some of the most creative costumes we’ve seen to date. Bravo! While we love seeing your dogs all decked out for Halloween, the spookiest night of the year can stir up some potentially dangerous situations for your four-legged friend. Luckily, it’s nothing you can’t control with some extra precautions. Here are our tips for keeping your dog safe on Halloween.

Secure your dog during trick or treating hours Your front door will be opening and closing with every group of trick-or-treaters. Secure your dog behind a gate or in another room so he doesn’t get scared and slip outside.

Keep all candy out of reach According to the American Kennel Club, “A dog’s digestive system is not adapted for sweet candy, and chocolate contains theobromine, which can not only hurt your dog but can also be fatal.” Keep human treats out of reach and make a batch of festive Halloween dog treats for your four-legged friend.

Make your dog visible when outdoors If you have a yard or other outdoor space where your dog likes to roam around, make her visible in the dark to you and to others by twisting a few glow sticks through her collar.

Take your evening walk before the sun begins to set Once night falls on Halloween your regular walking route can become dangerous. Take your pup for her walk during daylight hours so you can see what’s on the ground in front of you (candy, wrappers, costume accessories, etc.).

Keep an eye on your dog’s costume Halloween costumes can catch on various objects and injure your dog. Even worse, loose pieces could catch fire if your dog gets too close to a Jack-O-Lantern. If your dog starts to look agitated or uncomfortable, snap a quick photo and retire the costume until next year.

Without a doubt, Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year. And, if you take the appropriate precautions, your dog will have a blast, too. If you’re planning to dress your dog in costume this week, be sure to email us a photo to be entered to win three free days of dog daycare at The Doggy Dojo! Full contest rules are available on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page.

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