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October 1, 2021

How to Keep Your Dog Safe During Halloween

  • Tips
  • Safety
  • Halloween
  • Dog
Halloween dog in white sheet costume and child in corn costume

Halloween is a fun and exciting time filled with lots of friendly spooks and treats. It's important not to forget that there might be a few tricks as well. When you think about your dog on Halloween, you only want to offer them treats, no tricks. 

How can you ensure you keep your dog safe on Halloween?

With so many new and different things going on in the neighborhood on this night, it's not unusual for dogs to feel anxious or startled. It's also not uncommon for dogs to find their way into children's candy stashes and other treats. To learn how to keep your dog safe on this ghoulish night, you'll want to continue reading below. 

Ghosts and goblins might give you a fright but shouldn't prevent you from keeping dogs safe on Halloween night. Here's everything you need to know about the best Halloween safety dog tips!

Be Cautious with Your Costume Choices

We know just how important it is for your pup to have an awesome Halloween customer, especially for some family Halloween photos. Choosing a costume for your dog brings out the excitement in everyone. There are so many wonderful and creative options to choose from. 

You can even decide to dress up together in one common theme. When making a costume selection, do be cautious. Costumes are one of the several Halloween hazards for dogs. 

If you're selecting a costume for a quick photoshoot, then you can give yourself more freedom. 

If you're choosing an outfit for your dog to wear for a long period of time, then you'll want to avoid anything with lots of strings, belts, or anything else that could cause strangulation. You also want to avoid costumes that cut off circulation anywhere on your dog's body. 
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When your dog's wearing the costume, do be sure to stay with them at all times. If you're not going to be around, then remember to remove their costume to prevent any potential injuries while you're away.

Decorate Your Home with Your Pet in Mind

Putting out the Halloween decorations is a big part of all the fun. Who doesn't love hanging spider webs and placing spiders around the counters? When you're ready to decorate, do so with your pet in mind. 

Don't place any potentially dangerous decorations where your dog can reach them. Most dogs will be curious and could chew on or eat something they shouldn't. Don't worry, your house can still look spooktacular, just place your Halloween décor high enough so your dog can't reach. 

Pay Close Attention to Your Dog's Anxiety

It's not unusual for dogs to feel more anxious on Halloween night. All the witches and monsters are roaming the streets on this night, so tensions run high. Most importantly, however, your dog will be exposed to things they aren't familiar with. 

There will be lots of noise outside and lots of visitors knocking on the door. If your dog suffers from anxiety, then you'll want to make some adjustments to your home to ensure their comfort. For example, you can place a bowl of candy outside so there's no need to knock, or you can sit outside with the bowl of candy.

You can also keep your pup inside a room in the back of the house with a television on where they're less likely to hear all the commotion. 
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Keep All Treats Stored Out of Reach

There's no denying all the delicious treats your home will be filled with on Halloween night. No matter how much your dog begs and pleads with you, don't give in to the temptation to let them eat all the candy with you. Candy and chocolates aren't healthy for dogs and should be stored out of reach.

Even if you tell your dog, "no" they could be tempted to try a few treats left out on the table. Prevent this from happening and save more candy for yourself as well by placing the candy dish up high and out of sight from your furry little monster. 

Always Escort Your Dog on a Leash

If you need to take your dog out for a walk during the peak Halloween trick-or-treating hours, then do be sure to escort them on a leash. Remember, there will be a lot going on that's not normal for your pup. Lots of people and other dogs will be out and about, so the safest thing to do is use a leash.

If your pup gets frightened, then you can quickly and safely redirect them. This will also prevent your dog from running away out of fear as well. 

Don't Forget to Feed Them Only the Best

With so much going on during Halloween night, it's not difficult to forget to follow all your regular daily tasks. During all this excitement, remember to feed your pup only the best. Go! Solutions pet food is made with your dog's best interest in mind. 

We know how difficult it can be to choose the best dog food for your pup. That's why we're dedicated to making the selection process much easier for you. This pet food is designed specifically for dogs depending on their age, size, and more. 

Qualified nutritionists work together to create a healthy choice for your dog made with premium ingredients. Before leaving for a night of tricks or treats, be sure to feed your pup a nutritious dinner. 

How Will You Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween?

How can you keep your dog safe during Halloween? Use all of the helpful tips and tricks listed in the guide above to ensure a safe, fun, and healthy Halloween! 

Looking for a healthy dog food option right for your pup? Check out our store locator to see where you can buy Go! Solutions dog food near you!


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Go! Solutions Team

A Team of Dedicated Pet Parents + Nutrition Experts

We all want our cats and dogs to lead happy, healthy lives. We’re here to help you, with easy-to-understand information about your pet's daily care and feeding.