Trick-or-Treating Tips for Families with Dogs

Wow, hard to believe it’s October already! This year is just flying by. With October comes Halloween. I have a guest post today provided by Dr. Martin Glinsky of SmartBones with tips on how to keep your pets safe during Halloween.

As a special treat The Smart Bones Company has offered us a cool prize for 2 readers. You will get 4 smart bones for your pup to try out! All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what kind of dog you have and how much he/she weighs.Also make sure you put your email in the email field so I can contact you if you win.  I’ll select 2 winners at random on October 15th.

Okay, on to the article.

Halloween can be a fun time for families with dogs, especially when taking the dog along for Trick-or-Treating. But, there are some important safety tips families should keep in mind on Halloween:

1. Dogs should be kept on short leashes when out Trick-or-Treating so little ones have less of a chance of tripping over the leash.

2. While Trick-or-Treating, pet parents should make sure their dogs are under control at all times and kept away from loud noises or ruckus. This may frighten dogs and cause them to run away or bite.

3. Although dogs may look cute in costumes, pet parents need to keep their dog’s comfort, safety and ability to see properly in mind when choosing a costume.

4. Pet parents who are staying home with their dog and handing out candy should keep their dog in a separate, closed room with a TV or radio on to keep the dog calm. This will prevent the dog from becoming spooked by Halloween costumes and possibly running off or jumping on Trick-or-Treaters.

5. If homeowners would like to hand out treats for Trick-or-Treating dogs, rawhide-free dog chews are the best option. Treats such as SmartBones contain no rawhide, are 99% digestible and are available in a “mini” size appropriate for all dog breeds.

6. After Halloween festivities are over, it’s important to keep dogs, and other pets, away from candy because it may be very bad for pets’ health. Pet parents should keep SmartBones dog chews on hand so their dogs can enjoy a healthy, vitamin-and mineral-fortified Halloween “treat” with the family.


It’s Cathy here again. Remember to leave your comment (type of your dog and weight of your dog) to win your dog some smart bones!


89 thoughts on “Trick-or-Treating Tips for Families with Dogs

    1. All smart tips for dog owners and Trick-or-treaters! I wish some of the pet parents in my neighborhood would abide by these tips! I have a 22lb Blue Heeler pup who is just 4mths. but he loves his Smart Bones. I learned the hard way not to feed rawhide to my dog…he is an avid chewer and I bought him an EXPENSIVE rawhide bone to gnaw on, and he ended up cutting his gums and having major digestive issues from the sharp pieces he chewed off and swallowed. I’m happy that you all provide a safe alternative!

      1. I own 5 Dogs well 4 Dogs and a wolf-hybred,and she is definatly differant then the rest! Their names are,(in order we got them)Fergi,a rescue missin an eye but absolutly beautiful a Quad Colored Mini Doxie,Then Paco a dappled brown mini Doxie,and theirs Zuess a boxer shepard mix,my thirteen y/o sons dog!and our wolf hy-bred w/malamute Lady shes solid white,our latest addition is Lil’Bit__!a chochlete chiuaua w/Green Eyes all are friends,all are house trained.How Blessed we are!so whats up for your givaway?

  1. Mine dogs love treats! Spot and Smudge are Rat Terriers and both are about 20 lbs, Sally is our baby, a German Shorthair Pointer and is about 40 lbs right now. Thanks for the chance!

  2. I have 3 dogs that are small horses…a black lab mix that weighs 115 lbs, a golden retriever that is 70 lbs, and a shepherd mix that is 65 lbs….I love my dogs.

  3. I have a Jack Russell named Maggie. She is a bit weight challenged at 20 lbs. and I would much rather she eat a smartbone than sticks in the yard.

  4. I want to win!

    I have two dogs. What they are is only a guess. Max is possibly a Great Dane/boxer mix and is 100 pounds. Bailey is possibly a beagle/Lab mix and is 45 pounds.


  5. I have 3 dogs–Miss Kitty a 6# toy poodle, Gypsy Rose Lee a 12# Bichon and Buddy a 30# Boston/pug mix. the girls are 13 years old and I have to keep them isolated in their kennel because they get too nervous with all the commotion of the holidays. Thanks for all the valuable resources you give us.

  6. Trick or Treat from our rescue Bearded Collie Gracie (75 pounds), our rescue Toy Schnauzers Bella and Lucy, (10 pounds). Please and thank you!!

  7. I have a big 75 lb baby named CiCi, she’s a boxer! Out of all 3 of my kids, she’s the biggest baby of them all! 😉

  8. Buster is a mixed breed and weighs about 90 pounds. He is the absolute love of our lives! And , boy, does he LOVE to chew!

  9. My rescue beagle Daisy 22 lbs, had over $700 worth of dental when I got her- but she was worth every penny. Her rescue sister, Dixie 24 lbs. has great teeth! They love Smart Bones!

  10. Wow!!! This is a great giveaway and also a great site that you have. I would love to win some thing for my two rescue dogs.I adopted them six months ago they are both mixed breeds and very loving, i am happy that i can give them a great loving home, they each weigh about 14 pounds each.

  11. I have an 80-lb male black labrador retriever, a
    60-lb female black german shepherd and a 50-lb female black labrador retreiver who would love to try SmartBones!

  12. I have a 6 year old jack-a-bee.Part beagle and jack russell.I picked him up at big lots from a guy and he has been my best friend since!He weighs about 35 lbs and is full of spunk. 🙂

  13. my dog’s name is henry and he is white and brown spots he looks like a cow on his belly. we got him at the animal defense league. he is part austrialian shepard and jack russel.

  14. We have 2 dogs – BB about 9 years old who is 70 lbs of mixed something lol … that is the sweetest dog ever and will never be able to replace. She is also dedicated to my hubby that is deaf. Now onto the other spunky Maylee who is 2 years old weighing in at 40 to 50 pounds of muscle and thinks she is a rabbit or a deer … she hops and bolts like one. Her breed may be a mix of Chow and Black Mouth Cur.

  15. My Chocolate Lab is about 80lbs and he’s a good boy during Halloween and loves to welcome trick or treaters. He should get a treat for it!

  16. I have four Shelties ranging from 20-30 pounds, and these kids LOVE Smartbones! They like the larger size, though, they are pretty strong chewers. As a dog trainer, I know the value of giving your dog something to keep them busy during chaotic times like Halloween.

  17. I have 6 dogs. A 4 year old 55 lb.golden retriever black lab mix named Sadie, a 3 year old 100 lb. great dane named Taz, she used to sound like a Tazmanian Devil, a 9 year old 160 lb. great dane named Duke, a 5 year old 120 lb. great dane named Lexus, a 1 year old 20 lb. lemon beagle named Bugs, and an 8 month old 110 great dane named Rhino. I used to say I liked my dogs better than kids because they don’t talk back but my golden retriever black lab mix does talk back. I still love my dogs the best they are just 4 legged kids.

  18. We have a 28 lb mix breed beagle/jack russell named Panda. She is lots of fun and accompanies my husband on his walks on our mountainside property gleefully. She loves treats, especially when we have to leave her home while we go out for the day.

  19. I have a 60# Austrialian Shephard that is loved by my entire neighborhood. He get invites to bonfires and birthday parties. Never thought I wanted a dog now don’t know what I would do without him

  20. I have a HUGE 130 pound blonde lab. She has the greatest personality and her smile is beautiful! Also have a mixed bull dog that has become a special member of the family. I firmly believe in adoption, rescuing, and spay/neuter. Our dogs are our babies and while they are the typical teenager, we love them dearly!

  21. We have a mix breed…believe to be Australian cow dog and lab and she was put out into a busy street at about 1 month and wondered into our yard…bad shape…hubby put her into the fence area hoping owner would come… nearly 2 years later she is still with us…We love you Maggie Mae….at 50+ lbs she eats everything…an very active!! 🙂

  22. We have two pit bulls that were strays we took in. They are my spoiled rotten love bugs!! There is Kiera who is 60lbs and Wee-Man (he’s so little!) weighs 50lbs!

  23. I have a 14 lb bichon/shih tzu named Chomps and a 11 lb maltipoo named Chubba. They are my babies! And would love to win some yummy treats! 🙂

  24. I have an 8 month old golden Lab named Buster. He’s around 60 pounds right now but still growing fast! He’s going to love his first Halloween!

  25. Thanks for the contest. I have 5 dogs, 4 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (2 of which weigh less then 20 lbs and the other 2 weigh 25-30 lbs) and a Sheltie that weighs 30 lbs.

  26. I’d love to win some of these treats! Bella is some kind of chocolate lab mix, and she is 50lbs. of solid muscle (she recently moved our fridge 2 feet out from the wall trying to catch a mouse!)

  27. I have two small mixed breed dogs a male and a female…Tiki and Taffy they are both rescue dogs and they LOVE treats. Please enter us into the drawing.

  28. We have two dogs. Arlo is mostly black lab and weighs about 70 lbs, and Dixie is mostly boxer and weighs about 60 lbs. We joke and say that Arlo is our pet, and Dixie is Arlo’s pet–he is much happier since we rescued a friend for him. 🙂

  29. I have my little 10lb mix breed. She is my best friend. We adopted her from a shelter and it was the best thing I ever did.


  31. I have two dogs. One is a Pomeranian named Little One and she is 15 and 1/2 years old. The other one is a chihuahua, Terrier, Papillon mix named Bella and she is 2 years old. They are amazing and energetic dogs. We would appreciate winning. Thank you, Tiffany

  32. I have a 6lb yorkie. she ismfunny and onery, she is going to be a ballerina for halloween, she would really love your bones.

  33. My dog Buddy is my best friend. He was hit by a car and damaged his right hind leg, he walks with a limp but his heart and love are incomparable. Buddy is my constant companion, he is going to be 8 years old and loves everyone.

  34. Wow, sounds great for my 60 lb, 4 year old, golden retriever named Miss Lady Rae…. she just loves bones, bones and more bones….Thanks and best wishes to all…

  35. we rescued a Lab puppy in July. He was 5 months old and 50 pounds. He’s now 8 months old and 80 pounds. Very excitable, but I’ve found that if he can concentrate on something to gnaw on (he’s teething, like any puppy) he leaves eating the house alone. WE love hime dearly and are always looking for ways to let him release his over excited puppy-self thru chewing.

  36. I have a full bred long haired German Shepherd. She weighs 74 pounds. She loves treats. She even knows what I’m saying when I spell treat!! She’s our love of our lives!!

  37. We’ve recently adopted a 75 pound pointer mix named Magnolia, aka “Maggie”. I don’t think Mags was given many treats in her past life, so we make sure she has lots of healthy chews now. She sure can demolish some chewies!

  38. i have two wonderful family members called jet and miss tootsie, jet is @45lbs and miss tootsie is @10-15 lbs. they are the loves of my life. each has a really unique personality and they make for tons of laughter on a daily basis! they are telling me i had better hurry up and get their entry in because they are good doggies and would dearly love to try a new treat! and they say “woof” “woof” which means pick us pick us!!

  39. Tara, my mini schnoodle, loves Smart Bones. She weighs 19 lbs and i am so happy she loves then since she usually won’t eat any veggies. Love the product!

  40. We have an English Setter “Monster” he is 50lbs and chews EVERYTHING in site, I would LOVE to try these bones for him.

  41. I have 2 dogs, one is a golden lab/ retriever mix 79 pounds and the other is a german shepard mix 43 pounds. they would love a doggy halloween treat.

  42. I have a 12 year old Cocker Spaniel who weighs 22 pounds. His name is Spunky and he is still living up to the name. Would love to have treats for him.

  43. I have 2 dogs: A 45 lb Beagle mix, and a 65 lb Lab/Pit mix. Tip #3 is very important! I tried dressing my beagle Mona as a witch a few years back, and she hated the witch hat! She ended up in just a cape =)

  44. Hi! We have two fur babies. Allee is a black lab mix who weighs 40 lbs and Sterling is a german shepherd mix who weighs 116 lbs. They love treats and would love to win some smart bones! Thanks!!

  45. Hi! I just found your website via SmartBones on FB. My vet told us we should not be giving rawhides to small dogs because of digestive problems. I would love to try the SmartBones for my “baby” Laddie, a Sheltie/Papillion mix, about 15 lbs. I found him on Petfinder and drove 3 hrs each way downstate to get him from the Shelter.

    Thanks for your info & giveaway!

  46. My doggy Simon LOVES smart bones….. This would be such a special treat for him….
    Simon came to us 2 years ago… whoever had him was mean to him and it took him almost a year to warm up to us and see that we were NOT going to hurt him… But since he has become 100% part of the family…HE IS THE SWEETEST…GREATEST DOGGY EVER…
    He is truly my best friend…

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