Dogs can get anxious and nervous during holiday events. Halloween is full of scary sounds and decorations that they will be unsure about. Be considerate and think of the family pet too. Keep the sounds and moving decorations to a minimum to prevent the dog from being scared and put a few measures in place to keep him or her calm during Trick or Treating hours.
Keep Candy Out of Reach
Dogs don’t eat everything they can get their mouths on but sweet smelling items, like candy, sure do pique their interest. Not all dogs can tolerate chocolate. Only a few breeds can actually ingest chocolate and not become ill. It is best to keep the candy up high where he or she cannot get to it. This is especially the case with candy that includes raisins as grapes are toxic for dogs.
Nurture the Dog during Trick or Treating Hours
The hours of Trick or Treating can be bothersome for the family dog. All of the strange people and children coming to the door can make the dog feel uneasy. Talk to the dog in a calm tone and pay attention to it between guests. Reward the dog with a treat or two for good behavior.
Use a Leash at All Times
Regardless if you are at home or out in the neighborhood with your dog, use a leash during Halloween activities. If you plan to dress your dog in a costume, make sure it has reflectors and/or lights on it. Make sure the dog can be seen by others and by motorists to prevent an accident. If children or others dressed in costumes attempt to approach your dog, make sure that he or she is completely calm. If the dog acts uneasy, ask the people to back away or wait for the dog to go up to them so they feel secure and calm approaching someone new in a costume.
These safety tips are important. Dogs need to be comfortable and feel safe during Halloween festivities. While there is less noise than the Fourth of July, the elements are visually unappealing or even scary for the dog. Do your best to keep your pet comfortable and relaxed during the festivities.