It Is Halloween!

Halloween is swiftly approaching, the one time of the year where the young, the old and the pets come out of hiding and dress as their favorite creatures.

Dressing your dog for Halloween has suddenly become “the thing to do.” It is no longer a holiday to be celebrated by children and adults, but the dogs have suddenly become fashion statements on this scariest day of the year.

What should you look for when searching for that special costume for your canine friend? The experts say safety should be the first consideration. Look for costumes that are made of soft, lightweight fabrics with no loose ties or ornaments that can be easily swallowed by your pet. Also look for a costume that will fit over your dog’s collar.

Always keep your dog’s collar on with identification tags just in case your pet should get frightened and run away if you are out walking. I strongly suggest a leash at all times since there will be children out walking also, dressed rather strangely, and you do not know how your dog will react.

Some dogs love to be dressed up and enjoy the chance to show off. Other dogs will find an outfit very uncomfortable and actually fearful. It is a good practice to dress your dog several days in advance and let him/her get used to the outfit while relaxing in the house. This way your pet has had a chance to get used to the outfit and will not stop every few minutes to scratch at it or try to wiggle out of it.

However, if you have a dog that just will not agree to wearing whatever you have chosen, do not despair, find a great looking bandanna or a great looking orange and black bow and tie it around your pet’s neck. Most dogs will accept that type of adornment without fussing.

If you are not planning to take your dog out to do some trick or treating and you will be greeting children at your front door. Please keep in mind that your dog is not used to seeing strange people at the door. It is important to take some safety precautions not only to protect the children, but also to keep your dog from running away. A loose dog and a door that is continually opening can be a great temptation for adventure as far as your dog is concerned. May I suggest keeping a leash on your pet as you answer the door, slipping your hand through the wrist loop will keep you in control and your dog safely in the house.

Halloween means candy and most candy can be toxic to dogs, chocolate and most diet type candies are the most toxic. I know it is hard not to give your pet a little sweet treat on this special time of the year, but there are many pet stores and bakeries that will have great doggie treats made especially for Halloween. To keep your dog healthy and safe I suggest that if you feel your pet needs a special treat buy those.

Dogs love to feel that they are a part of the family and they enjoy participating in most of your activities. Halloween is a special time of the year for all of us, so include your dog in the excitement, making certain however, that your pet is safe and so are all the people around him/her.

Be certain to have the camera or recorder out so you can keep these magic memories to look back upon in future years to come.