Halloween can be a hectic night for humans, but for dogs it can feel even more crazy with an endless parade of kids coming to the door, scary costumes and lots of off-limit treats. Here are some tips to make your pup’s Halloween less frightful.
Mind The Door
Halloween night can mean a lot of action at your door with plenty of knocking, ringing doorbells and hyper children. If you can, keep your dog in a room away from the front door. If they can’t visually see the hordes of costumed children, they will be less likely to bark and become anxious with all constant intrusions.
If your dog tends to react loudly to the arrival of guests, have someone in the house waiting by the front door to greet the trick-or-treaters before they knock or ring the bell. Without the noises that your pup normally associates with visitors, they will be better able to stay calm throughout the evening.
Stomp Out the Yard
Leaving your dog out in the yard on Halloween night is not a great option for either your pup or the trick-or-treaters. Your dog’s territorial nature will kick in and they may growl or bark at every hooded goblin, masked ghost and dressed-up Harley Quinn that passes. It’s a situation may be stressful for your pup and scary for the little ones walking by the house. For the sake of both trick-or-treaters and your pup, keep them inside and out of sight for the night.
Bar The Candy
Halloween is a night is filled with treats that are dangerous for dogs to eat. Any kind of chocolate, even just a bite, can be toxic for your dog. Many sugar-free sweets include an artificial sweetener called xylitol which is risky for them to ingest. Even potato chips have high levels of sodium, which is not good for your dog to eat.
To ensure the treats stay out of your pup’s mouth, keep the snacks you are giving away to the trick-or-treaters in a bowl high enough that your dog can’t reach it. And once your kids come home with their loot, be sure that none of it can fall into your dog’s waiting mouth and is stored in an area they can’t access.
Dressing Them Up
Costumes for dogs are super-cute. Whether they’re in a simple pumpkin sweater or a full super hero outfit, seeing pups dressed up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday. However, not all dogs may agree. Before Halloween night, let them try on their costume so they can start getting used to it before the big day.
The key to getting your dog to wear a Halloween costume is to make they are completely comfortable with it and that it doesn’t cause them any undue stress. Additionally, ensure that the outfit doesn’t restrict their breathing or include any possible choking or tripping hazards.
Treat Them To A Halloween Playcation
If you need a safe environment for your pup to hang out at on Halloween night, we are here to help. Dogtopia offers safe and reliable overnight boarding services, allowing you to treat your pup to a fun-filled day that will leave them happy and ready for a restful night of sleep in a home-away-from-home. Learn more about our dog boarding services, or contact us for more information.