Trick-or-treating is a fun Halloween activity for families to celebrate. If you have a four-legged family member, you may feel excited to have them join your trick-or-treating adventures. Why wouldn’t your puppy like to dress up and stroll around the neighborhood for candy?
Well, there are a few reasons your furry friend may not be so eager to trick-or-treat with you. This can include noise, strangers, and shyness. Some puppies just aren’t ready to venture out in a costume.
So before you start getting your pup ready, make sure to consider the following key factors first.
- Consider your puppy’s personality.
If your furbaby is calm around strangers, and doesn’t mind new experiences, trick-or-treating may be another fun and exciting experience for them. You can dress them up in their cute or spoopy costumes and collect candy with your four-legged best friend at your side.
However, if your puppy isn’t a social butterfly and hates new experiences, your trick-or-treating fun will be a nightmare for them. Think about it.
They’ll likely be surrounded by loud noises and strangers dressed in scary costumes—enough to make any pet pal scared or anxious. Just place them in a quiet room with their food and toys, and they’ll be just fine!
You can also play soothing music for dogs before you head out. Make sure someone stays home so they can check on your pooch regularly.
- Decide if your pup can handle kids.
Children, especially young children, will be filled with excitement on Halloween night. With their weird outfits, loud voices, and flailing bags of candy, even your well-mannered puppy may become frightened or anxious. They may get too excited and display bad behavior, jumping or lunging at strangers.
Pay attention to body language when your puppy is around kids. If your furbaby exhibits anxious or aggressive behavior, they’re better off staying in your cozy home.
- Tips on pet safety while trick-or-treating.
When taking your puppy out trick-or-treating, it’s important to keep these tips in mind:
- Make sure your puppy has their ID tag and microchip on them.
- Bring plastic bags to clean up after their business.
- Watch out for candies and other foods on the floor. Also, do not let children feed candy to your puppy.
- Be alert for other dogs and running/screaming children. When in doubt, walk away from the noises.
- Bring doggy treats and reward your puppy periodically for their good behavior.
- If your pup displays signs of stress, take them back home and give them a doggy treat.
Remember that your furry friend’s comfort and safety should be at the top of your priority list. Do not force them into wearing their costume or going trick-or-treating with you if they don’t want to. Be especially cautious of any candies thrown on the floor, as certain candies, like chocolate can be toxic. We promise that your puppy will enjoy their Halloween night, whether it’s with their toys or with you!
Want to learn about keeping your puppy safe on Halloween? Check out our blog, Safety Tips For Your Pup’s First Halloween for our expert advice!