It is that time of year again, HOWL-o-ween!
Halloween can be a very scary and stressful time for canines since costumes and many visitors may not be a part of his/her daily life. One suggestion is to keep your dog(s) in a back room/crate with a frozen Kong stuffed with yummy wet food so that the visitors in costumes do not alarm your canine(s).
Please be aware that this is also a time when many dogs dash right through the front door and over fences and unfortunately become lost. A costumed canine that escapes or is frightened away, could get entangle on trees, fences, etc. Please, make sure all pets have ID tags or are microchipped!
If your canine companion is very well socialized, this might be the perfect time to practice door manners. If there are two people available, one person can hand out candy while the other works with the dog to sit politely not far from the door. A leash might help with this exercise.
While dressing up a canine in a costume may be viewed as fun for some pet parents, please be aware that not all dogs like to be dressed up in Halloween costumes and clothes. Remember when your mom used to make you wear that shirt you hated? Please respect your canine’s preferences.
If you do plan to dress your canine in a costume, please make sure that you supervise him/her. Some canines, if left alone in costume, may chew it up and ingest it. If material is consumed, this could cause an intestinal obstruction. Also, be aware of removing all parts of the Halloween costume as some parts can get lost in the abundance of fur.
Also, please don’t forget to keep the candy and holiday decorations out of reach from you canines! Have a happy and safe HOWL-o-ween!
Beth & Wayne