Halloween Safety Tips For Families With Dogs

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Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and adults, but a spooky time for dogs.   If you want your dog to truly enjoy the scariest night of the year, make sure to follow some basic rules and provide them guidance and safety during Halloween festivities.

First of all, don’t leave your dog outside alone. Even if they are the friendliest of dogs, so many costumed strangers may be a bit too much for them to handle. Since dogs have a natural instinct to protect their humans from strangers, don’t leave your dog unsupervised during fright night. Also, keep them restrained when you open the door. Last but not least, secure the ID tag on their collar – better to be safe than sorry.

If your dog becomes nervous or anxious, behave normally. That way, they won’t feel as if something’s wrong. Before dressing up for Halloween, have your dog get used to you and your family wearing costumes. They may get really scared if they aren’t able to recognize you once you’ve put on your costume. In addition, they also need to get accustomed to wearing costumes. Some dogs love them, others don’t, but it’s important to find out whether your dog is comfortable in a costume before the big night arrives.

Protect your dog from candles and pumpkins and don’t let them eat candy since chocolate is toxic to dogs. If you take them trick or treating, pay attention to them at all times – they don’t understand Halloween, but if they feel safe and relaxed, you’ll have the time of your lives.

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