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Have a Howling Good Halloween: How to Include Your Dog in the Holiday Fun

  • 14 October 2018
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Have a Howling Good Halloween: How to Include Your Dog in the Holiday Fun


You love Halloween. You love your dog. Putting the two together simply makes sense! Your pup will love getting dressed up, walking with trick-or-treaters, and just generally having fun spending time with their favorite human — you! Of course, you need to keep your four-legged friend safe and happy. These tips and ideas will help you navigate this spooky holiday with your dog so everyone has the best time possible.


Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs


First and foremost, never give trick-or-treat candy to your pup. If you are not aware, chocolate is terrible for dogs. If they eat it, they can experience symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and even seizures. If your curious pup can’t help himself and sneaks a piece behind your back, keep an eye out for symptoms. They have to eat a lot of chocolate to get sick, so if it was just a little bit, he may be fine. If symptoms start to show up, take your pup to the emergency vet immediately.


If your going to be walking your dog at night, be sure he’s decked out in the necessary safety gear. Invest in a reflective dog leash, harness, and collar. These things are especially important if your dog’s coat is dark. Also, look into blinking lights that you can clip onto his harness as a way to provide extra visibility at night.


Some other helpful rules:


  • Keep all pets inside on Halloween night. Vicious pranksters have been known to do unspeakable things to animals because of the holiday.

  • If your dog loves to dart out the door, keep him away from it when trick-or-treaters come to call. Invest in a baby gate that will keep him safe in another part of the house.

  • Making jack-o-lanterns? Keep them out of reach of Fido.


Costume Ideas for Dogs


If your dog loves attention and doesn’t mind wearing clothes, putting him in a Halloween costume is a fun experience for both of you. While you can buy dog costumes at any big-box store, making your own means you can give it a certain flair to match your dog’s personality. Or, even better, come up with a matching costume that you can wear together.


Some fun ideas that can help inspire you:


  • Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother
  • A magician and a rabbit
  • The Hamburglar and a burger
  • Daenerys Targaryen and a dragon
  • Prince and Princess
  • Little Bo Peep and her sheep
  • A mermaid and a crab
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca
  • Cop and robber
  • Doctor and nurse


Find something fun that reflects your personality and is comfortable for your dog. Make sure and have your pup try on his costume before the big day to make sure it’s a good fit.


A Halloween Treat for Dogs


As mentioned before, dogs should never eat Halloween candy. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a special treat for the holiday! This recipe is easy to do, wheat free, and made with tasty ingredients peanut butter and pumpkin so your dog will gobble them up. Make enough to give to neighbors also trick-or-treating with their pups!


Halloween can be a fun holiday for humans and dogs alike. Safety should be your priority, so make sure your dog does not have access to any candy or dangerous decor. Then, don’t forget the fun parts like dressing up in costume and making fun Halloween-themed treats. Finally, take lots of pictures of your adorable dog having a great time with you!