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Trick or Treating


Can I Take My Dog Trick Or Treating?


Trick or Treating is synonymous with annual Halloween celebrations across the United States so it’s understandable that you want to bring your dog along to enjoy the holiday.  It’s perfectly alright to take your trick or treating however, there are some things you need to keep in mind before you even step out for the evening.

To trick or treat or not trick or treat? That is the question…

  1. Be sure your dog can be easily identified should he become lost.  Make sure your dog wears his id tags.  His tags should be up to date and include your most used telephone number and address.  Also, microchip your dog if you have not yet done so and be sure information that is linked to the microchip is all up to date as well. This step should be taken any time your dog leaves home not just on Halloween.
  2. Don’t allow your dog to eat any sweet treats.  The smells of Halloween are amazing, aren’t they? Your dog will agree!  He will eat chocolate and other sweet treats should he have prime opportunity so be sure that you are watching him like a hawk. Candy can be toxic to your dog in more ways than one so be very careful.  Also be sure to make sure all of your companions for the day aware that of the dangers of giving your dog candy and other sweet treats.
  3. Proceed with caution when dressing up your pet.  Never dress up your pet if he appears to be aggravated, cranky or uncomfortable. Always make sure that your dog can see clearly and that his mobility is not restricted in any way.  
  4. Consider your dog’s personality and temperament.  If your dog isn’t a fan of crowds, kids, or loud noises, bringing him trick-or-treating is just mean and you’re really putting him in the position of acting in an aggressive way. Dogs that are scared will often react out of fear and that’s never a fun scenario.
  5. Leash your dog.  This is never up for debate.  You need to make sure that your dog is under your control and easily restrained or pulled to safety at ALL times.  Neglecting to do so is downright irresponsible.
  6. Follow your dog’s cues.  If your dog starts to appear anxious or upset, then it’s time to call it a night and drop him off at home.  Your dog should never be subject to being uncomfortable or upset simply because you want him with you. Your dog’s senses may become too overloaded in the crowds of trick-or-treaters.  If he needs some space, give it to him.

Bottom line

Even if your dog always loves to go for walks, Halloween night is just a little different in terms of what your dog will experience and more importantly, what your dog will be able to tolerate.  A little consideration ahead of time will help you and your dog have a safe and happy Halloween.  


What are the trick or treat times in your town?