Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching and that means candy, chocolate and treats may be taking over a house near you. Keep your puppy safe this holiday season by making sure you keep your puppy away from unsafe foods for them. Training involves lots of food rewards in the beginning and we suggest using kibble, string cheese, carrots, apples, etc. to keep the costs low. But beware! There are foods which are NOT safe for your puppy. Make sure you know about them! Common holiday food items to avoid are:

  • Almonds

  • Chocolate

  • Cinnamon

  • Garlic

  • Onions

  • Ice Cream

  • Macadamia Nuts

  • Xylitol

  • Grapes

  • Raisins

  • Fat Trimmings & Bones (no cooked bones!)

  • Foods with pits or large seeds (peaches, avocados, etc.)

  • Yeast Dough

  • Salty foods

As the holiday comes & goes, do your best to keep wrappers in covered trash bins. Pick up any dropped candy off the floor. Don’t leave treats sitting out on counters tempting hungry pups to counter surf. Put them out of reach in a pantry behind a closed door. Train your puppy to go to their place or in their kennel while you eat. Feed them treats every 30-60+ seconds to reinforce the good behavior. Help them learn they only get rewards when they are on their place or in their kennel to help prevent counter surfing and begging. 

Check out our online puppy school for tips on how to train your dog do go to their bed while you eat, or lay under the table until released. We are happy to coach you through any goals you have for your dog.