3 tips to keep your dogs happy and safe this Hallowe’en
1.Extra exercise early in the day
2.A quiet space
If there are kids in your house or if you live in a kid-filled neighbourhood, Hallowe’en energy can be pretty frenetic. Your pup will be less likely to respond to this energy if he’s had plenty of exercise during the day before the doorbell starts announcing the little space invaders and spooks.
A long hike, an energetic romp in a local park, an enthusiastic game of fetch or Frisbee™, extra training (thinking is tiring, too!) or all of the above will help your dog burn off energy and be less vulnerable to the Hallowe’en chaos around him.
A tired dog is a happy dog!
If your pup is loose in the house once the trick or treating starts,not only is there a greatly increased chance he’ll bolt through the door at the first ding-dong, the costumes, the door noises and the heightened activity at the door is very likely to amp up pup’s stress level. In our area, Hallowe’en celebrations include fireworks; dogs hate them!
Set your tired pup up for a relaxing, stress-free Hallowe’en:
1. Set up his crate in a room far away from the front door.
2. Prepare a Kong™ or similar hollow chew toy or bone by stuffing it with a mixture of kibble, treats, cream cheese or peanut butter. Bully Sticks are another option. Your pup’s Hallowe’en treat could be that he gets several of these, not just the usual single item.
3. Put on music. It now seems to be well understood that animals respond well to music played quietly; classical is most soothing.
Your pup will then be able to have his own fun and safe Hallowe’en, leaving you free to focus on the trick or treaters.
Isn’t it way more fun to be able to enjoy Hallowe’en activity with out worrying about your canine family member?
Many dogs want to be “in the thick” of whatever activity is happening and respond with barking, howling,or screaming if they are denied access. If there’s someone in your household who is not joining the trick or treaters, ask them to hang out wherever you’ve put your pup’s crate. Not only will pup love having company, it’s quite possible that the human may find the classical music conducive to a pleasant evening as well!
Candy & costume comments:
When your little hobgoblins come home, be sure to pick up every last bit of candy that has been dumped on the living room floor BEFORE pup joins the family. Sugar is harmful to dogs; chocolate and xylitol are toxic.
If you really must put a costume on your pup, be sure to reward him with praise and treats every step of the way as you put it on.
If he really objects, please take it off immediately.
Be sure no part of the costume impedes movement vision or breathing.
Keep pup’s costume wearing to a minimum!
Hallowe’en is a long-standing tradition. It’s fun.
Once you’ve made your pup happy and safe for Hallowe’en, find a costume for yourself and get into the spirit of the evening.
Can’t you just hear the kids saying when they get home, “Guess what, Mom? in that brown house up the street, a witch gave us candy! She was spooky!”
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