Happy Halloween!

Trick-or-Treaters will soon be knocking! Here are some tips to help keep your dog safe during Halloween:

  1. When the doorbell starts ringing, make sure your dog is securely away from the door; whether that be in a crate, a bedroom or on a leash with you. You don’t want any escapes out the front door!
  2. Double-check and make sure your dog has his identification tags on! Just in case.
  3. Although a lot of dogs love meeting new people or having new experiences, some don’t.  Quite of few of those costumes can be very intimidating from a dog’s point of view! Don’t overwhelm your dog.
  4. If you are going to dress your dog up, the costume needs to be just right: not too big, or it could get twisted around and cause issues, and not too small, or it could cut off your dog’s circulation.  Not all dogs are comfortable being dressed up; do what’s best for yours.

Halloween Candy


As you are buying candy for Halloween, remember to keep all the goodies away from your pets. Chocolate and Xylitol are two main ingredients to stay away from. The Theobromine contained in chocolate is a stimulant that will poison your dog and has deadly potential. Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener used in many candies and gum. It causes the blood glucose to drop leading to serious issues and possibly death.

Stay on the safe side: keep the candy out of reach of your pets!

Potty Training

What is the number one rule for potty training?  Take your dog out often! When your puppy is running around and playing, it is a good idea to take him out as often as every 15-20 minutes.  It may seem like a lot, but it works to prevent your puppy from feeling the need to go in the house. Reward your dog when he goes potty outside by praising him and playing with him. When you reward your dog for going potty outside, it clicks in their mind that outside is where they need to be to do their duties and not inside.

Keep Games Friendly

Dogs naturally play rough and tumble games. They like to play fight and tussle with each other. These games are natural and healthy even though they can be energetic and loud.

But if games at your house turn into real fights, those games should not be tolerated. If there is a trigger, perhaps a toy or chew bone that your dogs fight over remove that object from the house permanently. Look for a ‘lower value’ toy or chew that the dogs are less likely to fight over and have those available for playtime. Our Tugmaster 48″ toy has good success for dogs that have problems keeping their games on a friendly level.

This toy is long enough for the dogs to play tug without getting in each other’s space, and it’s not as high a value item as a chew bone or a toy with real animal fur.