It’s All Hallows’ Eve! While humans may look forward to the fun ahead, Halloween can be a very stressful time for dogs. Imagine having to wear a cumbersome costume while trying to be taken seriously as you attempt to protect the house – which is constantly under attack by strange, short creatures that sort of resemble humans.
Help your dog prepare for tonight’s festivities by doing the following:
1. First things first, Take your dog for a long walk or run before the trick-or-treating begins. Your dog is less likely to be hyper, disobedient, or stressed out once strangers start coming to the door.
2. You may consider putting your dog in his/her crate in a quiet room away from the front door, so he/she won’t be disturbed by guests coming to the door. Give him/her a chew toy to work on and turn on some soothing music to keep your dog’s attention in the room. You may also want to leave the front door open so no one rings the doorbell, just for good measure.
3. Be sure your dog is secure inside the house. If your pup likes to bolt as soon as the door is open, make sure you have him/her on a leash, or behind a barrier, while answering the door. You do not want to spend your Halloween night chasing after your dog.
4. If you are taking your dog out trick-or-treating with you, put a glow stick or some sort of light on him/her (or the leash), to ensure drivers can see your dog.
5. Don’t let anyone feed the dog. Watch children closely as they are usually ready and willing to share their plunder. No chocolate, candy, or anything with refined sugar in it.
Additionally: If you have a black cat, try to keep him/her indoors tonight.
Have a happy and safe Howl’oween!