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Watch Out for more than just Ghosts and Ghouls this Halloween!

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As the spooky Halloween holiday approaches, we can be guilty of concentrating on our own celebrations, whether that’s fancy dress, trick or treating with little ones, watching a horror film, hosting a party and more. However, it’s important not to forget about our furry friends as this can be a scary time for them, and not just because of the ghosts and ghouls!
Our Animal Behaviourist, Kirsten Dillon, is here to help with some top tips on caring for our beloved pets this Halloween.


  • Do keep your dog inside for the evening, fireworks are often let off on Halloween and can spook our pets!
  • Do make sure that your dog has seen people in costumes beforehand. Buy a mask and witches hat from your local discount store and get them used to seeing people wearing them.
  • Do provide your dog with a safe space where they are comfortable in which to get away should they want to.
  • Do check your dog’s collar fits securely and has your name, address and telephone number on it. Also, check your dog’s microchip details are up to date. Some dogs get spooked and can run off.


  • Don’t put up decorations or a pumpkin if you prefer not to receive trick or treaters. Undecorated houses are usually left alone.
  • Don’t let your dog outside off the lead if there is a chance your garden gate may get left open accidently.
  • Don’t leave treats such as sweets, chocolate or raisins in reach. All can be toxic to dogs.
  • Don’t let your dog get hold of Halloween decorations. Most are a choking hazard and definitely not chew proof.
  • Don’t forget to stock up on Pet Remedy and Adaptil products if your dog is likely to get anxious this Halloween and use both liberally.
  • Don’t forget to stock up on chews and appropriate treats for your dog. Chewing, licking, searching and performing simple tricks are all hugely stress relieving, so get your Natural Instinct bones and treats in the freezer ready to go!


By Kirsten Dillon
Animal Behaviourist & Canine Specialist