In our last post we discussed several ways that trick-or-treaters can avoid being involved in a Halloween pedestrian accident. Halloween is the most dangerous time of the year for Ohio fatal pedestrian accidents and parents should remain focus on their children’s safety during the trick-or-treating experience.
Dog bites are another safety concern that many parents overlook on Halloween. Halloween can be a particularly stressful time for household pets and children may be at an increased risk for personal injuries as a result.
Here are five things that dog owners can do to prevent Halloween dog bites:
- Avoid walking a family dog during the peak of trick-or-treating festivities. The ghouls, goblins and Angry Bird costumes may scare a dog.
- Kennel your dog or put the dog in a quiet room where it will not hear the door bell.
- Keep the dog clear of the house entry way. A dog is often protective of its family’s home and may not understand why the trick-or-treaters are there.
- Put a harness on a dog so that it can be easily grabbed in the event of an attack.
- Consider putting the family dog in a doggy daycare when hosting a Halloween party.
Here are five things that parents can do to prevent Halloween dog attacks:
- Call ahead and ask neighbors or party hosts whether they are going to kennel their dogs before trick-or-treaters arrive.
- Accompany your children while trick-or-treating.
- Teach children to avoid roaming dogs and to not stare at strange dogs.
- Teach children not to approach a dog while wearing a mask.
- Never leave your children alone with a strange dog and never leave small children alone with any dog.