Halloween is a time for fun costumes, jack-o-lanterns and… trick-or –treating! But why limit you and your pet's Halloween to tricks or treats? Instead teach your dog some new tricks and reward him with delicious treats this holiday season! Here are a few suggestions to make sure you and your dog have a bountiful haul of treats this Halloween season.
Trick-or-treating is a delightful tradition that pet owners love to share with their furry friends; but, there are certain things we have to remember when taking out pets door-to-door. Not everyone is comfortable with animals and some houses you visit might have aggressive pets living there. Be sure to keep your pet close to you and on a leash, if possible.
It can be tempting to give your companion some of your treats but giving human treats to pet's isn't always the best idea. For example, dog's find chocolate, among other ingredients, to be toxic to their system. Instead, buy your pet delicious snacks made just for him with these delicious bonies treats for dogs or these palatable Greenies treats for cats.
Partaking in Halloween traditions means that your pet needs to have an awesome costume. Hopefully, you already have your pet's costume picked out. If you don't then you might need some help finding the perfect costume for your pet. If that's the case, check out our guide to finding the perfect costume for your pet.
And since not all pets love to dress up, we've also created a guide to getting your pet to love their costume to ensure that your pet is amenable to dressing up this Halloween season. These two guides will make sure that you and your pet are ready to go out on the town in style.
Tricks for Treats
Treats can be as useful as they are fun. It's nice to treat your pet for the holidays but it's important to remember that too many treats can spoil him. Remember that keeping your pet at a healthy weight is important to making sure they stay in good health and preventing joint diseases like arthritis or hip dysplasia.
Instead, reward your dog with treats when they have proper behavior while trick–or-treating with low-calorie, healthy treats. Remember that behavior is best reinforced when rewards are distributed intermittently. This means that you should only give out treats when they are good every few houses. This will reinforce their good behavior without making it dependent on the reward of a treat.
We hope that this advice helps you make the best of your Halloween experience this year. For more treats for the holiday, check out our our list of Halloween treats available here at EntirelyPets. Have a Happy Halloween!