It’s the most sinister night of the year as ghosts, goblins, witches, and superheroes take to the neighbourhoods, going door to door in search of goodies and excitement. Whether you’re a child or a child-at-heart, Halloween evokes plenty of emotions.
Halloween can also be a fun, emotional holiday for our four-legged friends. If you’re planning to take your dog out for a Halloween walk, especially when the trick or treaters are out, be sure you take extra precautions to ensure your dog’s safety.
Here are several simple tips to keep your dog safe on a Halloween dog walk:
Make sure your dog is microchipped.
If you have not yet got your dog microchipped then be sure get this done before you take him out for a Halloween walk. A microchip will help ensure you and your dog are reunited should you become separated during your Halloween walk.
Lots of places have offers from time to time on the cost of microchipping and law now states it’s a requirement for dogs to be microchipped.
Keep a tight hold on your dog’s leash.
If your dog is excitable when he’s around a lot of people, remain vigilant and keep a tight hold on his leash so he doesn’t break away from you. If your dog becomes overly excited or you can’t keep a grip on him, your best bet is to find a quieter area in which to walk or head home until the Halloween excitement calms down.
Leave enough space between your dog and others.
Try to avoid crowds when you’re walking on Halloween. More people may be out and about than usual and your dog may become overwhelmed if he’s getting showered with attention from new people.
Bring a flashlight.
Surprises abound around every corner on Halloween night. But, you’ve got your dog, so you have to be prepared for what’s around that corner. Carry and use a flashlight so you always know where you’re going and so you can avoid any potential hazards.
Carry your own dog treats.
Everyone – or at least it feels like everyone – is outside on Halloween. Kids going door to door trick or treating will, in all likelihood, yelp in excitement when they see your pup, especially if he’s dressed up. And, as giving as children are, they might just try to offer your dog a treat. Nice sentiment but dangerous. Carry your own dog treats, which you can also offer to your dog when he obeys your commands during your walk.