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Halloween And Your Dog

Halloween recommendations

Halloween, like all holidays, was never intended for dogs. Halloween is a social activity for children. I know you know this, but is it tempting to included the dog, isn't it.

Dogs and puppies, should be left at home when your children go trick or treating, and kept away from the door when the little ghosties come to your house for candy.

It is not that I am the grim reaper, there are safety concerns involved:

1) Costumes can be frightening to a puppy or a dog. Frightened animals are more likely to bite.

2) Squealing children and flowing costume parts can be very attractive targets for dogs and puppies. The risk for jumping up and/or nipping is great. This behavior can, not only frighten a child but, cause an injury.

3) The potential for a dog or puppy to get into candy and become sick, sometimes gravely sick, is good.

4) Puppies should not be dressed in costumes. There are too many, potentially dangerous, pieces and parts for a puppy to chew and ingest.

5) Dogs and puppies can escape through that door while you are distributing candy to your ghoulish visitors.

It is always best to err on the side of caution.  So set yourself up to have fun. There is enough to worry about on Halloween without worrying about the dogs and the puppies.

Booooo! Trick or Treat!

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david November 01, 2012 at 12:25 AM
It was super helpful to receive this at 7:30 pm on Halloween night. Nice job!
Lynn Brezina December 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
On this morning, Saturday, Dec 1, 2012, I just received notice of your comment. I am sorry you did not receive the Halloween post in a timely manner. I don't have control over when things are posted. Sometimes they are posted immediately after I submit them and other times not. I tried to time my submission of this information so it would be fresh on peoples' minds, within a few days of Halloween. Although there was a delay in the posting, it was posted at 5:29 AM that morning. I hope your halloween went well nevertheless, and that you will find my remarks useful next year.

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