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Trick or treating isn’t just for kids, after all, plenty of parents secretly love Halloween (and the sweets that come with it) but have you ever wondered if your dog would like to be part of the action?
There are always things to consider where you’re giving out the sweets or taking to the streets to collect your treats with your pooch.
Does your dog have a suitable temperament?
Your dog’s temperament will be the first thing to consider before making them tag along for an evening of trick or treating. If your dog is the nervous type, has certain health constraints, dislikes crowds or other dogs, and isn’t keen on loud noises or sudden movements then it’s probably best to keep them in the house.
Keep your dog on a lead
This is an important point, even if your dog has never ignored a recall. This can help provide your dog with space as you do your rounds, but it also a way to respect other people as they enjoy their evening of spooks.
Plan your route
Planning a route will ensure there’s a pavement for you all to walk on, while you make sure it’s short enough so not to exhaust the pooch and co but that it’s long enough for a successful evening of fun and sweet collecting. It might be worth considering a route that doesn’t stray too far away from home so that someone can drop the dog off at the house if it all gets a bit much.
Don’t forget the necessities
Treat your outing like any other dog walk and make sure you don’t forget some water for them and poo bags to pick up their business, just in case! It might be worth bringing some doggy treats, too, just so that they’re not missing out on the mid-walk munching if everyone else is digging into their goodies.
Don’t give your dog sweets
While it might seem obvious to you, your fellow trick-or-treaters might think it’s okay to feed their sweets with the dog. Sharing isn’t caring when some ingredients are dangerous and toxic to dogs, so make sure that everyone knows to keep their sweets out of the dog’s reach while out and about and once they get home.
Make sure you’re seen
Most of the trick or treating fun gets done when it’s dark, meaning that you and your dog will need to make sure you can be seen. If you’re planning to go with young children, you might want to consider starting before the sun goes down.
A little bit of planning will help you and your dog have a safe and fun Halloween. If you’re planning to hand out some sweets with your pooch at home, here are some things to consider to keep your pet safe at Halloween.
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