Strider_McSwain_Halloween_WebTonight is the big night! If you have a bumper sticker that reads “My other dog is a lion,” now is the time to prove it! Get out that fluffy mane and dangly tail and see how long your 4-legged friend will dress up in the Halloween spirit. It’s Trick-or-Treat time, and we all know how our pups feel about treats!

Whether your dogs love wearing their costumes all night long or they just tolerate them long enough to capture that perfect selfie moment (yes, they’re that talented), please feel free to e-mail your best picture* to and we’ll be happy to share a photo on our website next month in our DogBoy’s Howloween Costume Contest! Our lucky winners** will receive discounts or prizes on upcoming services or retail products!

Some dogs love company and like greeting every trick-or-treater, but others may get anxious. We wanted to share a few quick reminders for tonight and this weekend to keep your pet safe and relaxed.
  • When possible, keep your dogs inside to reduce any possible anxiety from the added people, scary costumes, noises, lights and activity in your neighborhood.
  • Make sure your dogs are wearing their collar and tags in case they escape the house or are freed from your yard.
  • If your dog settles well in a back room or crate, that may be a better alternative than being near the front door, which may be continually ringing, knocking, opening and closing. They may want a tasty treat, Nylabone or Kong to keep them nice and settled!
  • If you aren’t handing out candy, turn out the lights, but if you are, consider sitting outside or leaving a glass door open to cut down on the excitement of activity at your door.
  • Keep chocolate and sugar-free candies containing Xylitol away from your dogs.
  • Dogs love treats and should get in on the fun, but remember some foods are dangerous to dogs such as grapes and raisins. For a good list, visit the ASPCA website.
  • Make sure their costume is comfortable and not too tight or suffocating. They may enjoy wearing it for 5 seconds, minutes or hours. Just keep an eye on them and give them breaks!
  • It is difficult to recommend taking a dog trick-or-treating with you or your family because there may be so many costumes or potentially stressful situations, sounds or dark, fast movements, but ultimately you know your dog and how your dog may react in that situation.
  • You may already be boarding with us or somewhere else, but remember this year or next that boarding is always an option if you have an anxious dog  or need to be away for the night!

Thank you everybody for being such a wonderful part of our DogBoy’s family and sharing your stories with us every holiday! We look forward to seeing some of your dogs’ costumes and sharing some of them next month, as well as some staff and standout costumes we come across!

Blog post by Thomas Korpi