A Dog Friendly Halloween
Posted on October 20 2021
Halloween is not just for the kids and the big kids, but for our pups too! Here’s how to get your dog in the Halloween spirit safely and ways to celebrate your love of our four-legged friends this spooky season!
No Tricks, Just Treats!
Halloween can be a scary time for dogs with the doorbell constantly ringing and people out and about in scary costumes late at night, not to mention the loud fireworks!
To keep your dog distracted and away from the door, you can set up your own trick or treat trail in the house or garden to keep them occupied!
All you need to do is hide a handful of dog treats around the house or in the garden (remember that Halloween human sweeties and chocolates are not suitable and highly dangerous to dogs). Then let them search and sniff about for some goodies!
This will not only be amazing mental stimulation for your pup but will be great physical exercise too!
We recommend some small, yet mightily delicious & packed full of flavour dog treats for those extra dogs who may not have the best sniffer nose, our Healthy Dog Treats available on the Olive & Berry website: https://www.oliveandberry.co.uk/collections/treats-toys/products/healthy-dog-treats
We all like to think of ourselves as an artist when it comes to pumpkin carving! This year is your chance to impress not just the neighbours but your dog too by carving a pumpkin so alike that your dog will struggle to tell who’s who!
Here are some of our favourite puppy pumpkins!
And don’t forget to make use of all the fleshy goodness from the pumpkins too by putting them into a soup (for humans), roasting the seeds for a nutritious treat, making them into dog biscuits, or even freezing to add to a stew later in the year!
Find our pumpkin soup recipe below...
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 large onion roughly chopped
- 2 sweetpointed peppers
- 1 large pumpkin (keep the seeds)
- 1/2 chilli or paprika
- 2 carrots
- knob of butter
- fresh coriander, salt & pepper
- 2 chicken/ veg stock cubes
- 150ml single cream
1. Cut all of the veg into small chunks and sauté for 10 mins in a pan with the butter.The pumpkin flesh can be scraped from the inside if you are using it for carving or cut up into chunks. Keep the seeds and flesh separate.
2. Add the 2 stock cubes and a cup of water, simmer together until soft - around 40 minutes
3. Add salt & pepper to taste, if you like your soup spicy you can add some chilli flakes here
4. Wash the pumpkin seeds, lay out on a baking tray, season to taste with paprika, oven bake for at least 10 mins
5. Add 150ml single cream to the soup
6. Garnish with fresh corriander, a small swirl of single cream and the toasted pumpkin seeds
READY IN: 1 HOUR 10 MIN
We advise keeping pumpkins out of reach from your pet and using an electric tea light where possible for safety.
At Olive & Berry we believe that our pups are the best and most beautiful without uncomfortable and intrusive costumes, but if you are looking to dress up your dog in ways that you will both enjoy, here are some of our favourite looks straight from the Halloween Dog-Walk!
Why not have a go at making a super easy dog bandana in a spooky fabric of your choosing or shop online for one that will get your dog involved in the Halloween season without making them feel uncomfortable!
For a template and tutorial to make your own bandana visit: https://blog.spoonflower.com/2018/02/sew-a-bandana-for-your-pet/
A subtle yet oh so cool way of getting into the Halloween spirit, investing in a Halloween themed collar will not only be a fun way for your dog to celebrate Halloween, but it can be used year on year!
If you’re feeling extra crafty, why not try making a matching collar and bandana for your dog! You can find instructions for making a dog collar here: https://halifaxdogventures.com/2016/09/29/diy-adjustable-dog-collar-tutorial/
And For the more trusting four legged friend...
How about turning them into a spooky ghost?! This is so easy to do and so cheap too, all you need is a single white sheet, cut this to size so it fits comfortably over the dog. Then cut the right sized whole in the middle of the sheet for the dogs head. Do this before you out the sheet on the dog....seriously cute!
Take a look at Olive & Berry plus their friends Darcy and Cooper below.
We love Halloween here at Olive & Berry and we hope that this year you are armed with all the tools and inspiration to have lots of safe and mindful fun with your dog!
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