Halloween Hounds

Although Halloween is usually considered a “children’s holiday,” according to a new national survey, increasing numbers of “furry kids” are getting in on the fun – and Virginia is ranked #1!

Big Heart Pet Brands (the makers of Milk-Bone and Pup-Peroni, among other treats) asked 3,000 U.S. dog owners about including their canine pals in Halloween festivities. Here are the Top 25 ‘Howl-O-Ween’ States:

  1. Virginia
  2. New Jersey
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. South Carolina
  5. Missouri
  6. Ohio
  7. New York
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Michigan
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Louisiana
  12. Kentucky
  13. Arizona
  14. Georgia
  15. Massachusetts
  16. Tennessee
  17. Florida
  18. West Virginia
  19. Indiana
  20. Washington
  21. Iowa
  22. Nevada
  23. North Carolina
  24. South Dakota
  25. Texas

To determine the rankings, Milk-Bone and Milo’s Kitchen asked pet owners if they dress up their dog in costume, take their dog trick-or-treating, or include them in a variety of other Halloween activities.

Here are the results for Virginia dog owners:

  • Dress up their dog in costume — 64 percent
  • Greet trick-or-treaters at the door with their dog — 43 percent
  • Give their dog extra treats during Halloween — 57 percent
  • Take their dog to doggy parades or gatherings — 21 percent
  • Bring their dog trick-or-treating – 36 percent

And, it turns out, different breeds like different treats, at least according to this survey:

  • 52% of Working Dogs — including Dobermans and Great Danes — prefer “natural meat and meat jerky” treats 
  • 59% of Toy breeds — including Pomeranians and Pugs — most love “soft and chewy” treats 
  • Soft and chewy snacks are also the favorite treats of Terriers (58%) and Non-Sporting breeds (47%).
  • Biscuits and crunchy treats are the top choice of Hounds (53%), Herding Dogs (56%), and Sporting Dogs (57%).

Courtesy of Big Heart Pet Brands


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