How to Keep Your Dog Happy on Halloween
Although Halloween festivities are fun and exciting for us, often dogs are filled with anxiety on this day. People constantly coming to the door, ringing the bell, dressed in scary costumes is confusing and disorienting for your dog. Here are a few things that you can do to keep your dog happy and comfortable on Halloween night.
- Give your dog lots of stimulation before the trick-or-treating festivities begin. Take them for a nice long walk/hike to help get out any extra energy they may have or take them around while you run errands. Either will help to expel your dog's energy and help to keep your dog cal, and relaxed for the evening.
- There are TONS of FREE dog walking groups, events and clubs that you can be a part of on Halloween; such as the Kitchener/Waterloo Halloween Dog Pawrade! Its a fun event where you can bring the whole family for a walk in the park! There are fun prizes for best DOG Halloween costume.
- Dog Costume ideas: Lobster, Spooky Ghost, Cowboy, Crayon, Bone, Pumpkin, Skeleton,Cat and the list goes on!
- Get creative and no need to spend a bunch of money, grab an old T-shirt,markers, and some paper or whatever art or crafting supplies you have around the house and let your imagination run wild!
- Keep human treats (such as candies or chocolate) out of reach from your dog to ensure that they do not get sick from ingesting anything that could be harmful to them.
- Once the trick-or-treating begins, make sure to keep your dog in a different room away from the door with the radio or television on, this will help to keep your dog calm when the door starts to continuously ring.
- Do NOT bring your dog out trick-or-treating with you, this will only stress them out and make them nervous, keep your dog safely at home this Halloween night.
- If having a Halloween get together, make sure that your pet is away from those festivities as well, the costumes could scare the dog, they could get out through the constantly opening door, or someone could feed the dog something that could make them sick. For your pet's safety and your peace of mind, leave them in their crate, in an off limits room to guests, or make other arrangements for your fur baby.
Remember, not everyone loves this special day as much as we do, keep your pet safe this Halloween and have an awesome night of spooky fun!
Tails wags from the Completek9 Team