We don’t think your Goldendoodle is counting off the days till Halloween, but maybe you are — or your kids. We want to help you make sure your Goldendoodle has a fun, safe Halloween night.

Be prepared

Will there be lots of Trick or Treaters, ghostly moans coming from the neighbors’ homes, or loud parties in the neighborhood?  Goldendoodles are pretty chill, but those kinds of shenanigans can worry even the calmest dog. If possible, settle your Goldendoodle down away from the door when trick or treaters are expected. Don’t leave your pet outdoors. Things can get too exciting — and we’re sorry to say that pranksters can get carried away and play tricks on dogs. That can be traumatic.

Remember, Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year. That means that some people will be celebrating on the weekend before Halloween.

Costumes

Some of our awesome Goldendoodle superstars love wearing costumes. Some don’t. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $350 million on costumes for pets this year, so we figure at least some of our readers will be jumping on this trend.

To keep your pet comfortable, think about sticking with items your pooch already likes to wear. If your Goldendoodle wears sweaters in the winter, you can probably put on a full-body costume. Does your pet wear bandanas happily? Halloween neckware should be fine.

If this is your first time to try out a Halloween costume, let your Goldendoodle get used to the outfit in short try-on times for a few days beforehand.

And always make sure that the costume doesn’t make it hard for your dog to walk, breathe, see, or hear.

Candy

Dogs shouldn’t eat candy. Chocolate, especially, is toxic for dogs. Chocolate poisoning can show up with symptoms like vomiting, rapid heartbeat, and seizures. But no trick or treat candy is a healthy choice for your Goldendoodle.

Even those healthy boxes of raisins can be poisonous to dogs.  Walnuts, almonds, and pecans are also on the doggie do not eat list.

Keep all those human Halloween goodies out of reach of your Goldendoodle.

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