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Quick Tips To Keep Your Dog Calm On Halloween

By: Sara Borzatta

People dressed as ghosts, zombies and witches, the doorbell constantly ringing, and loud noises sounding throughout the night – it's Halloween – aka, a stressful night for your dog. Here are some quick and easy tips to keep your dog calm on Halloween night.

  1. Skip taking him trick-or-treating with you - Banfield advises that you keep your dog at home on Halloween night for your dog's comfort and to avoid anxiety. Halloween is often prime time for pranksters to strike so your dog is also safer indoors.
  2. Try on your costume (and your dog's costume) multiple times before Halloween - people look scary on Halloween, and while that is essentially the point of a costume, your dog obviously isn't privy to human ideas of a fun Hallows' Eve. Make sure you try on your costume a few times in front of your pet so he gets used to seeing you that way. If you boldly purchased or created a costume for your four-legged friend, Banfield suggests that your dog tries it on a few times to get used to it. They also mention tips for keeping dog costumes safe, i.e. make sure there is nothing on the costume that your dog can ingest and make sure it's not too tight or too heavy for him. If you're leaving him at home, take off the costume and let him party comfortably in his birthday suit!
  3. Turn on the TV - the noise of trick-or-treaters screaming, running and laughing in front of your house is enough to irk even the calmest of dogs. Healthy Paws recommends putting on some music or a cheesy Halloween movie to drown out some of the commotion outside.
  4. Forget the tricks and just give him treats - With all the humans stuffing their faces with candy, plus all the anxiety-inducing distractions, give your pup a little something special. A new toy, a Kong filled with dog cheese or yummy dog treats will keep him happy and preoccupied.
  5. Make sure he meets his activity goals earlier in the day - a tired dog is much more likely to stay relaxed. Take him out for a long outdoor play session earlier in the day. Or take the whole family for a long hike to burn some calories before a night of inevitable overindulgence.
  6. Keep the candy out of reach - this one is obvious, the sweets and chocolate can wreak havoc on a dog's digestive system and can have very serious, even life-threatening complications. Most dog owners are aware of the harm that candy could have on their pups, but when you're busy with the kiddos or touching up your own costume for a night out, dogs have a knack for sniffing out the goods. Make sure to keep everything sealed and out of your dog's reach.
  7. Brush up on basic commands - Prior to Halloween, work on the “stay” or “wait” commands with your dog. This will help ensure that your pup doesn't dart outside when you open the door for trick-or-treaters.

Happy Halloween! Looking forward to seeing all the zen-like canines in costumes this year.

Oct 25, 2016

Tags:   dogs   pet parenting   dog training   dogs and holidays   dog behavior  


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