Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays of the year. Trick-or-treating is a chance to go out and have fun as a family, but should you include your dog?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Is he usually afraid of strangers or small children? Does he panic when it’s dark outside? Is he unable to cope with sudden, loud sounds or flashing lights? Is he afraid of other dogs, especially big ones? If you answered “yes,” to any of these, it’s probably not a good idea to take your dog trick-or-treating. He might be better off staying home with the person handing out candy (by the way, candy is very bad for your dog, so keep that stuff away from him).
- Does he eat whatever he finds on the ground? This is dangerous on Halloween. Children could drop candy as they run from house to house. You’d need to keep an eye on him so you can grab something before he has a chance to put it in his mouth.
If you decide to bring him, check out these safety tips before you go:
- Buy reflective safety gear. This tip works for you and your children, too. After all, you’re going to be walking in the dark, likely in places with poor or no lighting. Make it easy for drivers to see you, even if you plan to stay on the sidewalk the whole time. Wear bright clothing, use reflective tape, and get a reflective collar and leash for your dog.
- Have a plan in place to keep him comfortable and happy. Bring water and snacks if you plan to stay out for a while. Poop bags are a must, too. If he seems tired, take him home and head out again. Don’t try to force him to endure the walking.
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