October 23, 2017

Trick or Treating w/ Dogs

***Now that we live in the country and my mom is a little older Halloween isn't like how it used to be in our old neighborhood, for those in suburban areas, here are some tips for any young people who want to trick or treat with their dogs I posted last year! Chris went trick or treating with me a couple years, both of us dressed as hot dogs.***

What is your dog's personality like?
If you're dog is overwhelmed by crowds, lots of sounds, and is generally a vulnerable and insecure dog, it's best to leave him at home. Don't be surprised if kids in masks and costumes run up to your dog. That's something that might spook some dogs and could cause them to react badly! However, if your dog is social and does well in busy situations, than your dog might be a great trick or treating companion.

Is your dog well trained?
If you're trick or treating with your dog, it's important that he's well behaved and knows basic commands. Sit, stay, and leave it I think are the three most important commands when out and about with your dog.

Costumes?
Your dog doesn't need to wear a costume to go trick or treating with the family, but who doesn't love a dog dressed up in an adorable little outfit? Christmas' hot dog costume feels just like a jacket to him, so he enjoys wearing it on cold days and it doesn't bother him at all. He was a big hit on Halloween! A couple weeks before Halloween, I got him used to wearing the outfit and I would have him wear it during training sessions, on casual walks, and when he slept until wearing the hot dog outfit was normal for him. When I first introduced him to it, he picked it up in his mouth and ran around the house with it!

Know when to draw the line!
Some dogs might not last a whole night of trick of treating. If your dog seems tired or stressed in the middle of the trick or treating excursion, take him home. As much as you'd love to be flanked by a costume sporting canine the entire night, you have to know what's best for your dog.

Stay safe!
Make sure your dog has a properly fitting collar and leash. Even if you're walking your dog with a harness and even if your dog is wearing a costume, he still should be wearing a collar with up to date identification tags. I also recommend that you have your dog microchipped if he isn't already. Chris has an up to date microchip, along with ID tags, so I know he's good to go!

My trick or treating experience with Christmas...
Christmas did fantastic! He was attentive to me and listened for commands. He enjoyed lots of head scratches. Every single step of the way, it was inevitable to hear "aww" or "a hot dog" or "look at that dog! He's dressed like a hot dog!". One person whose house that we trick or treated at gave Chris a Milk Bone treat, although he was too distracted to eat it. Chris had no problem walking around the neighborhood and making old and new friends. He even got to meet a couple of friendly dogs along the way.

In conclusion...
It takes a special kind of dog to be okay with trick or treating, and if you think your dog fits the description, than you can make this Halloween more fun and memorable by taking your dog along. After all, they're a member of the family too!


How will your dogs be enjoying the Howloween festivities?


8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great tips!
    xoxo,
    Jakey, Rosy and Arty

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  2. We love that picture and had to look close to see which one was you and which one was your mom!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  3. I likes to stay at home and wait fur the Trickie TREATers to visit me....and hope they will share their TREATs with me as well!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  4. Momma and I always dress up in matching costumes and sit out on our porch to give out candy. It's like reverse trick-or-treating -- everyone comes to us, and we lose candy instead of gaining it. BOL. Cinderella used to dress up with us, but Jessie gets too growly at all the masks and stuff so she stays inside.

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  5. OMD, those are such good tips! I don't likes costumes, butts I TOLERATE Ma puttin' thingies on my head for 10 seconds to gets her frickin' picture ~ for a treatie of course ☺
    I do likes bandanas, so those are cool.
    You look FABulous in your hotdog costume Chris!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  6. you look great with wearing the same clawstume like your mama!!! thanks for all that great tips! I will stay at home in the living room... there are good movies in tv and I hope the mama will fill up my treat bag to the brim ;O)

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  7. I always spend Trick-or-Treats time up in ghostwriter's office so I don't scare the little kiddies away with my fierce barking. I can bark out the open office window for a little added fright factor.

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  8. Your costumes are pretty dog-gone cute. Halloween ranks up there with the 4th of July in stress inducing howlidays around our house so this advice is pawsome.

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