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Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

Halloween can be a spooky fun time for your family and pup! This is especially true if you practice important safety rules while you are adventuring together and gathering sweets. 

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Key Safety Tools for Pet Halloween Safety

Early Bedtimes and Relaxing Music

Your dog is safest indoors, preferably in a separate crate or room where they can enjoy the holiday in peace.

A chew toy or special treat will keep your dogs relaxed and busy while you sit in the front yard and distribute candy to visitors. The best place for your dog to be on All Hallows Eve is in their favorite crate or closed bedroom enjoying a musical interlude from DOGTV and chomping on their favorite treat – like a bully stick or stuffed Kong toy.  

Wear a Collar and Short Leash

We hope you’ll keep your dogs indoors, but if you can’t, make sure that your dog is wearing a well-fitting collar or harness and an appropriate ID on his collar.

Be sure that you have full control over them at all times, and ensure that your pet’s microchip is up-to-date with the proper information. 

Verify Microchip Information

Consider registering your dogs’ microchips for free at Found Animals, where a grant has helped make this nationwide registry available to all pet owners (no matter what brand of chip your pet has).

Many people go through the time to microchip their pet, not understanding that if the microchip is unregistered or has incorrect contact information, your dog may not be returned to you. Dig up that paperwork and make sure you’re doggo is registered.

Dressing Up Dogs

We get it – you found the perfect costume for your dog and want the world to see it! The best way to do this is to snap some fun family photos before Halloween approaches.

We all love to show off our dog’s Halloween costumes, but the safest way to do it is before the holiday! Get your photos with the kids and the dogs done early in the evening. That way, you can get your pets comfortable before you take the kids out.

Leave Dogs at Home when Trick or Treating

Even the best dog in the world can become spooked at some of the costumes they may see on Halloween. Make sure your dog is in bed and relaxed before the first trick-or-treater comes along. It’s not safe to have your dogs escort your kids around the neighborhood. 

Let’s make it a safe Halloween this year – for all members of the family! If you’re staying in, turn on your free trial of DOGTV.