5 ways to have a safe Halloween with your dog

Two French Bulldogs dressed up for Halloween

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How to have a safe Halloween with your dog

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and it can be lots of fun to get your dogs involved on the special day. While you can include your dog in some of the festivities, there are some things to be cautious of. We made a list of 5 ways to ensure you can have a safe Halloween with your dog.

1. Save the candy and chocolate for the trick-o treaters only.

Chocolate and many artificial sweeteners used in Halloween treats can be very toxic to dogs. Not only that, but they may ingest the wrapper which can also be very dangerous.

Keep any treats out of reach for pets.  If you want to include your dog in the trick our treating fun, try some festive dog friendly treats like our homemade peanut butter pumpkin treats, or purchase a treat like these.

2. Use caution when dressing up your dog up in a costume.

Dressing up is always fun and it can be tempting to get your dogs into all of the cute costumes. Firstly, when picking out a costume, it is important to keep your dogs personality in mind. Choose costumes that do not have pieces that could easily be chewed off or  potential choking hazards. It is also important that the costumes allow enough breathing room and do not restrict movement or vision.

Always ensure that your dog is also wearing their appropriate tags and ID. If you notice your dogs demeanour changes to one of  stress with the costume, just remove it entirely. An option for dogs that not like being dressed up is a  festive bowtie, bandana or collar. Our friends over at Coconut Collars make some great options.

3. Skip the Trick-o treating and get your dog out for a walk ahead of time or afterwards.

While trick-o-treating is generally a walking activity, taking your dog may not be the best decision.

Even the calmest dogs, may experience stress from the excitement of the evening and get spooked.

To avoid potential unnecessary incidents, take your dog for a walk pre or post prime trick-o- treating times. However, if you still decide to bring your dog along for the outdoor activities, keep it on a short leash and try using an LED collar for better visibility.

4. Create a safe space for your dog.

Halloween can be a busy evening with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. It can be easy for animals to slip through the door unnoticed.

For instance, if you are expecting lots of people during the peak hours, consider moving your dog to a quiet room, away from the door. Be sure to leave them with a toy, a comfy bed or blanket, water, and a special treat to keep them occupied.

If you have a reactive dog, try putting a sign out asking people to refrain from ringing the doorbell.

5. Keep the decorations dog friendly.

We love carving pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns look great, however dogs are curious animals that get tempted to explore new things, especially with their mouth! Your home is also your dog’s safe place, so new objects or scary sounds can be stressful for them.

If you are decorating inside the house, slowly show your dog the decorations as you put them up. Keep any wires or electrical cords covered to avoid your dog potentially chewing on them.

Candles are a fire hazard and can easily be knocked over by curious canines. Consider replacing your jack-o’-lantern candle with a battery-operated flame or led light.

We hope you enjoy this list of ways to have a safe Halloween with your dog. Will you be dressing up your four-legged friend this Halloween?

Pooch n Perks now offering dog walking in Calgary

Pooch n Perks now offering dog walking in Calgary

Got a dog that needs some exercise and socialization? We have expanded our services to include dog walking in Calgary! Pooch n Perks now offers dog walking (pack walks) and overnight boarding in Calgary, AB.

Barks and Parks becomes Pooch n Perks

In Summer of 2019, we met with Carly, the owner of Barks and Parks, a dog walking business in Calgary. After careful consideration, we decided to take over Carly’s business, as she was returning to post secondary school. We officially took over in the fall of 2019. At the time, we decided to keep the name of Barks and Parks temporarily for familiarity for Carly’s existing clients. Now we are ready to re-launch the business under Pooch n Perks offering pack walking and overnight boarding.

A new journey of dog walking in Calgary

It has been a great year getting to know our new amazing pack. We already had a strong passion for animals, but this new endeavour has pushed us to learn more. As with anything new, it is important to us to continue learning, so we have been actively seeking out new training and courses to further our knowledge and skills such as pet first aid.

Winter dog walking in Calgary, AB

Our Dog Walking Philosophy

As responsible dog owners ourselves, we know the importance of a well exercised dog. Group or “pack” walks can be a great addition to regular leash walks. For instance, they provide an opportunity for dogs to have socialization and interaction with other dogs in a safe environment. Additionally, they are great for both the physical and mental health of dogs. Our pack walking creates happier, more balanced, and well-trained dogs, which in turn makes pet parents happy! We currently offer pack walks in Central Northwest Calgary, visiting various designated off-leash parks.

Tobe and Biggie having a break at Shouldice off-leash park.

Interested in learning more about our dog walking or overnight boarding services? Click here to find out more and check out our doggy adventures on Instagram