Trick or Treat – Give them Something Good to Eat October 27, 2016 – Posted in: Blog

It looks like Australia is finally starting to embrace the Halloween spirit after years of nay-saying. The big day is almost upon us so if you’re planning to hit the neighbourhood with friends, family and even your dog, here are a few ideas for making it a memorable occasion.

Make sure you bring bottles of water

OK, you’ll be waiting until the sun has gone down, like true creatures of the night, but chances are it’ll still be warm and, depending on your costume, you or your dog could overheat quite easily. Take a break or two, swig some water and re-do your vampire make-up.

Don’t give your dog chocolate or candy

Kids and older people will be really tempted to ply your dog with sweet treats, citing the age-old “…just one won’t hurt…” defence. It’s not their fault, it’s just that a dog dressed as a pumpkin does things to people. Maybe just one treat won’t hurt, but when there’s “just one” at every house, that’s not so good and is a recipe for an upset stomach or even liver problems. If you’re feeling sorry for Rover, pack some special doggy treats to snack on along the way.

Don’t knock at doors that aren’t decorated

This is a strict rule in the US and the UK, where Halloween is a big deal. If a house doesn’t have a pumpkin on the doorstep or a paper skeleton on the door, they ain’t playin’ and they won’t appreciate you knocking. It’s all about fun, not getting into a row, so exercise some discretion.

Train your dog to carry a treat bucket

It can be done! If your dog is particularly obedient, then get him or her to tote a sweets bucket along for the night. Make it clear to treat donors, though, that only dog biscuits, kibble or chopped vegetables like carrots are to go in there.