A Howl-O-Ween Guide: Helping Your Dog Navigate Tricks & Treats

Halloween is a festive and spooky time for humans. But for our furry friends, it can be a lot of tricks with no treats! The excitement, weird costumes, strangers constantly ringing your doorbell and, of course, the tantalizing candy can be overwhelming for dogs.

Here’s a guide to ensure that our four-legged companions have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

Costume Considerations

While it’s tempting to dress your dog in an adorable costume, not all canines enjoy being dressed up. If your dog seems stressed, or uncomfortable in a costume, don’t make them wear it. Instead, opt for a festive bandana or collar that’s comfortable and won’t restrict their movement or breathing.

Happy dog in superhero costume

Be Secure

With trick-or-treaters running around and doors opening frequently, it’s essential to keep your dog secure. Use a leash and harness or a well-fitted collar to prevent any accidental escapes. You can also designate a quiet room where your dog can relax away from the hustle and bustle. Give them a nice, comfortable bed so they feel secure.

Willow & Miya in the Carolina Pet Bolster Bed

Training & Socialization

Halloween brings a surge of visitors, which can be overwhelming for dogs.Socializing them with different people and situations can help reduce stress during the festivities. Ensure your dog is follows basic commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “leave it.” These simple commands will keep them safe from running off or eating something they shouldn’t!

Young Jack Russell Terrier dog near a pumpkin stay on stairs in autumn season park

Candy Caution

Candy is a Halloween staple, but many of these treats are toxic to dogs. Keep a close eye on your dog to ensure they don’t ingest ANY candy, especially chocolate, which is known to be harmful to dogs. If you suspect your dog has eaten something dangerous, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Halloween treats might be great for kids, they are NOT good and can even be toxic for dogs!

Dog-Friendly Treats

To include your dog in the Halloween fun, provide them with dog-friendly treats. You can find special Halloween-themed dog treats at pet stores or make your own using safe ingredients. This way, your furry friend can enjoy the festivities without the risk of consuming harmful candy. Check out this great recipe for a Halloween treat you can make at home for your dog : Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Mummy Bones >

DIY Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Mummy Bones >

Trick-or-Treating Etiquette

If you plan to take your dog trick-or-treating with you, make sure to ask homeowners if it’s okay to bring your dog to their doorstep. Not all people are comfortable around dogs, and some may have allergies or phobias. Respect their wishes and be prepared to skip some houses.

Adorable chihuahua dog wearing a Halloween witch hat and holding a pumpkin on dark background.

Halloween can be a fun and memorable time for you and your dog, as long as you take some precautions. By being mindful of costume choices, socializing your dog, and keeping them away from candy, you can have a HOWL-ing good time with your furry friend.