TUE, 06 OCT 2015 BY LINDA ROSADO
While trick-or-treating is often reserved for children, many families are now including their dogs in the festivities. Trick-or-treating can be an exciting time for the whole family, but for our furry friends, there are some extra steps to take to have a fun and safe Halloween. Here are some tips to help you and your dog have a happy Halloween.
KNOW THE DOG-FRIENDLY AREA
Trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood is the usual go-to spot as far as candy route planning goes, but many public parks and family companies put on Halloween events to trick-or-treat as well. Making sure that these areas are pet-friendly is the first thing to figure out when planning your Halloween. Some may have restricted animal rules where dogs of a certain size or weight may be permitted but others may not. Looking into the policies of the event will help you decide if you and your dog can attend. Along with being familiar with the rules of your candy getting trail, knowing if there are dog bag dispensers can help you prepare for the night. Bringing your own dog disposal bags with you will make the night more enjoyable for you and your pup.
Venturing out to other neighborhoods is also common for Halloween if where you live may not be ideal for trick-or-treating. Being aware of your surroundings is crucial for safety on Halloween, or any other night, when you’re walking with your dog.
DRESSING YOUR DOG IN A COSTUME AND GEAR
While dressing your dog up is not for everyone, Halloween has many people dressing up their pets who would not have any other time of the year. Finding a costume that is affordable and that your dog will be content to wear can be difficult. Taking your dog with you to buy these costumes will be helpful in finding a costume you both enjoy. Many pet stores allow you to test the outfits on your dog before purchasing. If you aren’t looking to spend a lot of money on something your dog may not like wearing after Halloween, you can seek out DIY dog costume options to make your own pet costumes on a budget.
Having good gear will also be helpful in keeping your dog happy and safe this Halloween. Having items like a light up collar or harness will help with your dog’s visibility when the sun goes down. Remember, having DOGIPOT® dog disposal bags is also important because consideration is key when walking your dog through your neighborhood or Halloween event of your choice.
Have you taken your dog trick-or-treating with your family? Have any tips you’ve learned along the way that have made your Halloween experience more enjoyable? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and we hope you have a frighteningly delightful, and safe, Halloween.