Make Sure You've Got the Right Gear
If you plan on trick-or-treating with your dog (or even if you plan on having your dog help you hand out candy to your trick-or-treaters) it is important to make sure that your dog is prepared with the right gear. Here is a checklist to make sure that your dog is ready:
- If your dog is going to stay home, and is frightened by people or the doorbell, make sure that (s)he has a comfortable, safe place to relax until the night is over. It is best to keep your frightened dog in a secured place (another room or a crate) away from the door. When a dog is frightened, (s)he may run off. Make sure that your pet also has an ID tag or microchip in case (s)he does run off.
- A sturdy collar and leash. Collars and leashes do not last forever, and need to be replaced every so often. Before you head out on your quest for treats or prepare for candy-hand-out-duty, make sure that your dog has a sturdy collar (or harness) and leash. I'm partial to the Star Wars line available at Petco.
- A portable water bowl. If your dog is tagging along on the treat route, make sure that you bring some water for them. Whether it is hot or cold where you live, it is important to keep your dog hydrated - especially if (s)he is going to do a lot of walking.
- Poop bags. I've said it once and I'll say it again. NO ONE LIKES A PARTY POOPER. NO ONE. So, don't be a party pooper. Bring along some poop bags to scoop the poop. Plus, do you really think that your neighbor is going to give you any treats if they see your dog poop on their lawn and you don't pick it up? Treats is the name of the game here, folks!
- Treats. Speaking of treats, treats. Treats. TREATS! OK, you get the point. Make sure you bring along some of your dog's favorite treats. Seeing all of the humans getting candy and treats of their own is going to make your dog jealous. And hungry. And we certainly don't want Fido taking a huge honkin' bite out of your mini Milky Way and ending up at the emergency vet, now do we? No. Didn't think so. Bring along some treats. And a cool trick or treat bucket while you're at it.
So, now that you've got the safety tips down, let's talk about how to make sure that you gain the coveted title of "Best Treats on the Block". It's actually very simple, here are the steps:
- First, buy Beggin' snacks. Lots and lots of Beggin' snacks. Remember - bacon is always best! If you don't have Beggin' snacks, it is very likely that you will only get the trick and not the treat. And the trick is poop on your lawn. Avoid the poopy lawn, buy Beggin' snacks.
- Next, let the neighborhood dogs know that you've got the goods. I hung a convenient little sign on my door. Once I eat all of the Beggin' snacks, I will remove the sign and turn off the lights and hope the neighborhood dogs think that I don't celebrate Halloween.
- Finally, throw on a stellar costume. This means dress like bacon. No costume is as stellar as bacon. Except dressing as Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Those costumes are pretty epic. But not as epic as bacon.
Be safe and have fun - and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!