Taking your dogs along trick or treating isn't all fun and games for our pets. It’s stressful, dogs tend to pick up on the excitement of All Hallow's Eve and may become fearful of the costumes kids are wearing. They may pick up a lost candy bar while walking along the street, placing you and your pet at the emergency veterinarian's office.
In short, unless you have a very calm and well-trained dog, Howl-o-ween can be a recipe for disaster.
But, there are many ways to safely celebrate this fun holiday with your dogs! Here are a few of our favorite tips for a successful Howl-o-ween.
K9 Honey is one of the best ways to help alleviate stress in pets. Place a teaspoon of K9 Honey into your dog’s favorite Kong toy and let them work on that during the evening. Be sure to coat the interior - your dogs will lick it for hours trying to get the last granules out!
Bee Quick with Costumes
Dog costumes are loads of fun for us, but may not be as exciting for your pets. But, photos during the daytime (after your dog’s had a chance to eat and relax a bit) can be fun for everyone. Also, the light is much better for these fun costumes!
May we suggest this adorable bee costume?
Take your dog’s picture, be sure to submit it to our halloween costume party contest for a chance to win some free K9 Honey, and then take your dog’s costume off of him so he doesn't get too warm (especially if you’re in a hot climate, like Arizona). Less is more when it comes to costuming pets!
Bee Fun (but Bee Safe)
If you don’t have time to train your dogs to ignore doorknocking or doorbells, it’s best to leave your pets indoors while you relax in the driveway watching ghouls and goblins and princesses go by.
Some dogs are accustomed to the antics of children and are social enough to tolerate the activity. If your dog is a very relaxed dog that is accustomed to the hectic holidays, it may be okay to have him with you.
Remember, not all humans adore dogs (and some even fear them). Keep your dogs on a very short leash to avoid frightening anyone.
With K9 Honey, you don’t have to worry about pesticides or insecticides in your dog’s honey. We test all of our products to ensure there our hardworking honeybees haven’t been investigating crops that may have been sprayed.
Make sure you’re as confident with other products you give to your pets (and other family members) as treats or toys.
If your dog isn’t crate trained, this is a good time to start. Make your dog his favorite K9 Honey cookie treat (see one of our favorites below), put on some relaxing music (DogTV has a great channel devoted to dogs), and let your dog relax on this hectic evening.
Covering the top of the crate with a blanket will also help them relax, and you won't have to worry about a stressed out dog escaping into the neighborhood on the scariest night of the year.
Make Halloween fun for everyone!
Tricks for Treats
If you’re trying to think of some fun treats for your dog’s pals at the dog park. We’ve got just the recipe!
Whip up a batch of these delicious dog treats and use some fun decorative paper to wrap them in - it’s a fun way to meet the parents of your dog’s friends!
They are safe for everyone, even diabetic dogs: Research shows that sweet potatoes and raw honey may aid in stabilizing blood sugar and lowering insulin resistance (plus they taste great).
Soft Sweet Potato Dog Treats
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
- 1/8 cup K9 Honey
- 1 egg
- 1 cup rice flour (you can also substitute coconut flour but be sure to add another egg)
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Cook sweet potato by peeling and cutting into 1” chunks, then baking for 1 hour at 325 degrees (or microwave for 2 minutes or until soft). Use a fork to mash them.
- Combine the sweet potato with the applesauce and honey.
- Lightly beat the egg and stir into the sweet potato mixture.
- Gradually add flour until thoroughly combined.
- Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Scoop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
Storage Tip: This is a softer dog treat that should be kept in refrigerator for no longer than a week. Store in freezer up to six months. Or just give them out to your best canine friends the same night you make them in exchange for a trick!
Have a Happy Howl-o-ween from K9 Honey!