Halloween is coming up fast, which means it’s time to stock your cupboards with candy and plot your costume! And if you have a pet, you’re probably thinking about a fun costume for them, too; a recent survey from Big Heart Pet Brands found that 44% of pet owners in New York alone have dressed their dog in a Halloween costume, with 38% of them greeting trick-or-treaters at the door with their pooch. So with that in mind, I wanted to share this fun (and simple!) craft idea for making a spooky Halloween treat jar for your own dog to “Trick or treat” from!
How to Make a DIY Halloween Treat Jar For Your Dog
Round biscuit cutter
Black felt tip pen
Orange felt tip pen
Orange and green construction paper
Trace the biscuit cutter with your pencil over the orange sheet of paper and cut out the circle with the scissors.
Use your ruler to trace and cut a triangle out of the green construction paper, like so:
Tape the triangle onto the back of the orange circle, then draw a pumpkin face on it with the black pen. Tape it to the side of the jar.
Trace another circle on the green sheet of paper using the biscuit cutter, and cut it out. Use the orange pen to write on it – I wrote “Bob’s Treats” on mine for our Labrador! Tape it onto the jar on the opposite side from the pumpkin.
Tie yarn around the top of the jar for a decorative touch, then fill with your favorite doggy treats! We love Milk-Bone snacks – a bone-shaped biscuit is too perfect for Halloween! Also perfect for All Hallow’s Eve is the special limited edition “Howl-O-Ween” package of Pup-Peroni. I rounded out the jar with Canine Carry-Outs and Milo’s Kitchen – so there’s no tricks here, just yummy treats!
Bob was so excited about his special Halloween treat jar! He’s already donning his pumpkin bandanna to get into the spirit. Doesn’t he look boo-tiful?
Our family will be among just a few of the many proud dog lovers celebrating this Halloween with man’s best friend. Check out more fun facts from the “Halloween Hounds” survey of over 3,000 dog owners:
Tricks For Treats
Because dogs are the ultimate tricksters, Milo’s Kitchen brand dog treats wanted to uncover, for the first time, which tricks dogs are best able to perform. The nation’s most popular doggy tricks are:
#1: Sit (77% of dogs can do this on command)
#2: Shake paws (58%)
#3: Lay down (57%)
#4: Stay (50%)
#5: Give a kiss (44%)
#6: Beg (31%)
#7: Roll over (27%)
#8: Speak or bark (26%)
#9: Spin (14%)
#10: Play dead (10%)
Different Treats For Different Breeds
- Big dogs like Dobermans and Great Danes prefer “real meat treats”, while most small ones (Pomeranians and Pugs) choose “soft and chewy” snacks – like Pup-Peroni
- Soft and chewy treats are also the all-time favorites of terriers (58%), and toy dogs (59%)
- Biscuits and crunchy treats (like Milk-Bone) are the clear favorites of hounds (53%), herding dogs (56%), and sporting dogs (57%)
Getting Into The Halloween Spirit: State-by-State
- 44% of NY pet parents have dressed their dog in costume versus 28% of California pet parents
- 38% of NY pet parents have greeted trick-or-treaters with their dog while 18% of pet parents in California have
- 18% of Texas pet parents have given their dog extra treats for Halloween and 16% have taken their dog trick-or-treating.
For more awesome DIY craft ideas including doggie costumes and printables, be sure to visit TreatingForAll.com! And make sure to capture a pic of your pup in their costume and share it on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook tagging @milkbone with hashtag #TreatsForAll for a chance to see your dog on the Milk-Bone Halloween website and social channels!
How are you including your dog in Halloween this year?