Halloween is an especially exciting time for humans and their puppies, with so many fun costumes, treats, and spooky decorations. However, because everything is so new to them, puppies may not know exactly how to handle all of the holiday festivities.
So, how can you ensure your dog’s first Halloween is frighteningly fun? Here are 4 tips for making the night a total treat.
1. Find a fun costume that fits well
For many dog parents, dressing up their pups is the best part of Halloween. Therefore, finding a great costume is one way to make sure that you and your pooch have a spooktacular time.
While there are so many adorable and creative options available online and in stores, it’s important that your puppy’s costume fits well and does not contain any dangerous materials. Therefore, you should avoid those with glitter, buttons, gem stones, and anything else a puppy could choke on. We are loving these Pandaloon Walking Pet Costumes.
2. Take an early evening walk on Halloween
Another way to prepare your puppy for Halloween is to take a walk in the early evening before trick-or-treating begins and while it’s still light out. This prevents your puppy from getting spooked by people in scary masks, hats, and large coats that they can’t clearly see.
3. Treat your dog to some special Halloween snacks
In addition to costumes, everyone looks forward to eating some candy on Halloween (our personal favorites are Reese’s peanut butter cups). However, all these sugary goodies should be limited to human consumption only, as chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins, and Xylitol are toxic to dogs.
Instead, make or purchase some seasonal sweets for your puppy. These Sugar Skull + Boo Bone cookies from Spotted Dog Bakery are devilishly delicious.
4. Take care when opening the door to trick-or-treaters
While most humans find trick-or-treaters entertaining, they can be very intimidating to a puppy. That’s why it’s important to keep your dog away from the door or securely on a leash when handing out candy. Better yet, find them a special spot with their bed, stuffed dog toys, and fresh water where they can safely and securely enjoy the festivities.
Most of all, make sure that your dog’s first Halloween is fun and memorable for you both!
Are you looking forward to your dog’s first Halloween? Have you chosen a costume for him or her? Let us know in the comments below.
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