If you are planning on taking your dog trick-or-treating when you are out and about with the kids, or if you are handing out candy to trick-or-treaters at your home, you should follow some basic tips to keep your dog and the trick-or-treaters safe during Halloween.
If you are walking your dog while trick-or-treating, make sure the dog can’t back out of his collar. Your dog may get nervous seeing the costumes and if he does get scared, you do not want him to get free from his collar and run into traffic. Put a harness on your dog if you can. And if you think there is any chance that you think your dog might nip at children, put a muzzle on him.
If you are getting a Halloween costume for your dog, make sure he will not get too hot, that he can walk safely, and that he can see. The costume might look cute to you, but it might not feel good on your dog.
If you are driving around in your car while following your trick-or-treaters, make sure your dog is secure in the car and that he won’t jump out each time your kids open the car door.
If you are handing out candy at your home, keep your dog in a separate room so he does not get out when you open the door to greet the ghosts and goblins. Even if your dog is not one to run out, he might act differently when seeing kids in costumes.
Keeping your dog safe during Halloween is not only good for your dog, but also good for any child your dog might bark at or nip at. Some children are afraid of dogs and with all those kids out and about during Halloween, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
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