Trick-or-Treating is fun for kids and dogs alike, so there’s no reason why you can’t have both along with you. Just remember if you choose to bring your pup trick-or-treating, make sure you are following some of these simple safety tips to make your pet feel comfortable and all the children of the neighborhood too!
- Before taking your dog out, make sure she is socialized & comfortable being surrounded by big groups of people and other animals.
- Make sure they know how to “leave it.” This is important as lots of kiddos will be happily dropping candy over the course of the evening.
- One helpful idea is to invite a friend to join and share the responsibility of keeping an eye on both your dog & your children.
- Make sure your dog is totally hydrated, also bring plenty of treats along for his good behavior!
- Be aware of your surroundings – you should know what is approaching before your dog does.
- Be sure your pup’s collar is tightly fitting so they can’t slip out and get away into the darkness.
- Purchase a flashing light to clip on your dog’s collar so cars and other trick-or-treaters can see you and your dog in the dark.
- Keep your dog at your side & away from commotion & doors in case any people (children and adults) are afraid of dogs.
- Don’t forget to pick up after your pooch. Bring some bags along in case your dog goes to the bathroom. We wouldn’t want those trick-or-treaters stepping in dog doo!