It's hard to believe, but Halloween is creeping just around the corner. For dog owners, that means it's time to start thinking about how to keep your furry friend safe during all the festivities. Here are a few tips to help make sure your dog has a spooktacular time this year!

1. Make Sure Your Dog Is Wearing a Collar & ID Tag

Halloween can be a lot of fun for humans, but it can also be a bit overwhelming for dogs. With all the commotion and activity, it's easy for dogs to get lost or separated from their owners. That's why it's so important to make sure your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag at all times. Especially if you're taking them out for any Halloween or fall-related festivities.

If your dog does happen to get lost, an ID tag will help ensure that they can quickly and easily be reunited with you. You may also want to consider microchipping your dog as an extra measure of protection. That way, even if they lose their collar, you'll still be able to track them down. Before you head out with your furry friend this Halloween, take a few minutes to make sure they're wearing proper identification. It could end up being the best treat of all.

2. Keep Your Dog Away From Candy

Dogs are naturally curious and may be tempted to snatch up any candy they can find lying around. However, many types of candy are dangerous for dogs, particularly chocolate. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which can be poisonous to dogs in large quantities. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, increased urination, and abnormal heart rhythms. If you suspect your dog has ingested chocolate, call your veterinarian immediately. It can be tempting to offer your pooch a piece of candy, but know that keeping them away is for their own good.

3. Beware of Costumes That Might Be Too Tight or Constricting

One of the best parts of Halloween is getting to dress up your dog in a festive costume. However, it's important to keep your dog's comfort and safety in mind when choosing an outfit.

Make sure the costume isn't too tight or constricting, as this could make it difficult for your dog to breathe or move around. Also, avoid costumes with small, easily-swallowed parts that could pose a choking hazard. And be careful with costumes that include wings or other accessories that could get caught on things and tear. It's also a good idea to steer clear of anything that covers your dog's face, as this could limit their ability to see.

4. Watch Out for Candles & Other Decorations

Many common Halloween decorations can pose a hazard to curious pups. Candles are particularly hazardous, as they can easily be knocked over by an enthusiastic tail. If a dog knocks over a lit candle, they could easily start a fire. To avoid this, be sure to keep candles out of reach of curious dogs.

5. Have a Designated Safe Place For Your Dog

Halloween can be a stressful and chaotic time for dogs, between the constant influx of strangers coming to the door and the constant ringing of the doorbell. If you're staying home to hand out candy to trick or treaters this Halloween, it's important to make sure your dog has a safe and comfortable space to retreat to, away from all the commotion. If your dog is particularly excited when people come to the door, it may be best to keep them in another room or in a kennel during trick or treating hours, for the safety of your dog and your trick or treaters.

6. If You're Going to Take Your Dog Trick Or Treating, Keep An Eye On Them

It's important to take some extra precautions if you're bringing your dog along for the evening. Dogs can be easily excited by all the new sights and smells, and they may not realize that they're getting too close to strangers in costumes. For this reason, it's crucial to keep a close eye on your dog at all times, and to have them on a leash. Dogs cab also be easily frightened by all the Halloween decorations and costumes, so it might be a good idea to avoid houses with decorations that your dog might find scary, such as life-sized skeletons or zombies.


Halloween can be a fun time for both people and pets, but it's important to take some precautions to make sure your furry friend stays safe. Follow these tips to keep your dog safe this Halloween, and be sure to check out our selection of dog products at Petmate including harnesses, leashes, wire dog crates, and more.


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