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4 Things to Keep in Mind When Planning a Pooch-Friendly Halloween Party

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Planning a Pooch-Friendly Halloween Party

With fall creeping around the corner it is time to start getting festive. What better way to start the holiday season than to plan an exciting Halloween party.

Why should your pet miss out on this thrilling party opportunity? Halloween is the best time for pet parents to dress up with their pets and enjoy the company of other pet parents. If you are looking to plan a Halloween party for your pet and their friends here are a bunch of things you need to pull off a successful Halloween party.


The easiest part of planning a Halloween party is the fact that you do not need to think up a theme for the party. Halloween is the theme. Shopping for Halloween decoration is an easy task. Stores start stocking Halloween decorations from the beginning of October.

If you do not want to spend too much money behind decorations you can simply look for DIY ideas. DIY Halloween decorations is an opportunity for you to up-cycle things that you would have thrown away.

While Halloween is all about the scares, a pet-friendly one should not be so. You do not want your guests spooked and in discomfort. According to pet health advice by vets, it’s best to avoid decorations that make sounds or have flashy lights.


You do not want to have a haunted house for a pet-friendly party. When inviting pets to a party remember that space is important. Cooping your guests indoors can be disastrous.

If you have a big backyard then go ahead and plan your party there. You can collaborate with other pet parents and plan it in someone else’s backyard. If no pet parent has an available space then you can even have it in your local dog park. No matter where you choose to have your party make sure you have the permission to host a party at that venue.

Day or Night

Halloween parties are held mostly at night. But when having a pet Halloween party, it is best to have it in the day. During daytime, the pets are more likely to be more active and relaxed. At night you might have to use a lot of lighting that can disturb the pets.

Pet parents also might have plans for the evening on Halloween.

During the daytime, you can even have a ton of activities that you cannot at night. You can have games and costume contests where pets and pet parents can participate. You can buy discount pet items and hand them out as prizes for the pets.


You cannot let your guests go home hungry. Have a potluck to take the pressure off of your back. Ask your guests to contribute by bringing homemade Halloween themed food which is pet-friendly. Make sure that the food that is pet safe  is marked and separated from the food that is meant for people. You do not want your guests to end up at the vet after consuming something that is poisonous to them.

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Bring Down Your Dog’s Insurance With This Expert Advice

When you welcome a dog into your home, it’s really important to get them some basic items and equipment. Things like a good quality bed, healthy dog food, and a few different toys will really come in useful and ensure that your dog can lead a healthy and happy life. However, there is one very important thing that all dogs need but many owners often overlook: pet insurance.

Once your pet is insured, it will be covered for all veterinary and related health bills. So, if your dog were to fall ill or get injured somehow, you wouldn’t have to fork out huge sums of money for its treatment and medicine. So, as you can see, insurance can bring down your overall pet costs in the long run. Unfortunately, though, some pet policies can be extremely expensive. There are a few ways you can try and bring down the price, though. Read on to find out more.

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Forming A Friendship Between Your Child And Dog

Regardless of if you have your child or dog first, having them interact can make you nervous. It doesn’t matter how much you love them, you’ll be worried that your dog won’t like your kid, or the kid will mistreat your dog. Getting a child and dog to get along isn’t always easy, but with clear rules and a little work, you can keep everybody safe.

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Why Isn’t My Dog Happy?

Dogs are truly man’s best friend. Everyone who knows me will tell you that I am 100% a dog person. They’re beautiful, and full of joy and ask for nothing in return. They love us regardless of imperfections, and sometimes that teaches us to love ourselves too! We usually want to do everything we can to make our pets just as happy as they make us. So sometimes you might be asking yourself ” Why isn’t my dog happy? ”

You may be working too much, or they may just need a friend. Whatever the problem is, we’ll get to the bottom of it together!

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