Be sure that your dog’s costume fits well, without impairing your pup’s movement, vision or breathing. If candy collection is going to take a while, pack water and a bowl for your dog, and give him plenty of breaks to rest along the way.
And, as always, keep your pet on a leash, stresses Dr. Rachel Barrack of Animal Acupuncture. With all the loud noises and scary costumes, you want to be sure that you can steer your pup out of trouble when needed.
Before heading out, have a plan in place to get your dog home safely if you find he isn’t enjoying the walk. Never force your dog to endure a frightening situation, as it will only make things worse down the road.
“Your dog may lose interest, so have an exit plan in place should it be too stressful for your dog,” Barrack tells The Dodo. “Perhaps one parent can bring the pup home and another continue trick-or-treating with your kids.”