Keep your beloved pet safe this Halloween

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Halloween is the second most common holiday for dogs to go missing (Fourth of July is the first). All of the decorations, costumes and ringing doorbells can cause your dog anxiety, so it's important to be extra mindful of your furry pal's behavior.

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Kathryn Lisko, sitter manager from Rover.com, has a few tips to ensure that your four-legged friends stay out of harm's way.

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Keep the chocolate and the candy out of reach.

Chocolate, raisins and the sweetener xylitol, which is found in sugar-free sweets, can be toxic to dogs. Keep candy far out of your dog’s reach.

Remember, even the counter isn’t safe for large dogs who can counter surf -- so keep treats in a cabinet, or put your pup in his crate during trick-or-treat time.

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Be cautious with decorations.

Wagging tails can knock over candles and carved pumpkins can be tempting snacks. Make sure all indoor and outdoor holiday decorations and electric cords are out of reach, especially if your pet is a chewer.

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Be careful with opening the door.

A constant barrage of visitors at the door dressed as superheroes, Pokémon, and ghouls can be very stressful for a dog.

If your dog is nervous, or likes to bolt, use an exercise pen to prevent a door dash, or secure him in a separate room with a favorite toy or treat.

Just in case you have an accidental escape, make sure your dog is wearing his current ID tags and his microchip information is updated.

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Walk your dog during the day.

All the spooky commotion can make a dog more likely to feel threatened. If your dog is not a fan of Halloween, walk him before dusk. This will ensure he is well exercised and tired before the festivities begin.

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Avoid stressing your pup.

Be aware of how stressful the repeated ringing of the doorbell can be for dogs. Take some time to desensitize your pet to the sound of the doorbell or knocking in the days leading up to the big night so they’re prepared.

Also, not all pets look forward to putting on a costume, so if your pet pants or acts stressed while dressed up, skip the costume.

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If your pet does like dressing up, these are expected to be the most popular furry-friend costumes this Halloween:

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The most popular Halloween pet costumes for 2016

5. Devil

Has your dog chewed on your favorite pumps? We love our little devils anyway, and according to the NRF poll, the number 5 most popular costume for pets will be a devil. 

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4. Lion

Whether your attack dog is more like a Cowardly Lion, or a wise old soul like Yoda, the number 4 spot is tied between the King of the Jungle and a Star Wars character.

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4. Star Wars

Whether your attack dog is more like a Cowardly Lion, or a wise old soul like Yoda, the number 4 spot is tied between the King of the Jungle and a Star Wars character.

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3. Bumble Bee

Friends will buzz with how cute your little Bumble Bee looks in the number 3 costume.

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2. Hot Dog

It’s almost too obvious here, but we still laugh every time we see a pooch dressed as the number 2 choice, a hot dog.

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1. Pumpkin

Sweetheart, Honey, Pumpkin. It only makes sense that the number one pet costume for 2016 is one of America’s favorite terms of endearment, the pumpkin.

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