Halloween is almost here, which means lots of spooky fun for both children and adults. While people of all ages love this holiday, there is one big group that doesn’t automatically share this enthusiasm. The group we’re talking about is dogs. Given all the noise, masks and other increased activity that goes along with Halloween, it’s something that can put dogs and other animals on edge. However, if you wish your pet could also safely enjoy this holiday, the good news is that’s completely possible.
Here’s exactly what you need to know to keep your dog safe and happy during Halloween:
How to Keep Your Dog Calm at Home
If you’re going to have candy available for trick or treaters, you’re in for an evening of seeing lots of fun costumes. But regardless of whether kids are knocking on your door or ringing the doorbell, chances are your dog isn’t going to love all this extra noise. You can help keep your dog at ease by creating a comfortable space for it in the back of your home. Using a radio or TV in combination with a fan can help drown out all of this extra sound.
Planning to be gone on Halloween? It’s still a good idea to create this type of safe space that minimizes sound for your dog. Keep in mind that your dog may be more anxious than usual, so double-check around your home to make sure there’s no spot where your dog can escape if it gets frightened. This is actually a good opportunity to check that all of your dog’s microchip information is up to date.
Taking Your Dog Out on Halloween
Anyone with an especially anxious dog is best off leaving their pet in a safe environment at home. But if your dog does fine when people and other animals are around, you may want to take it trick or treating with the rest of your family. Due to the increased activity that you’ll be around, keep your dog on its leash at all times. And if you’re thinking about dressing your dog up, be sure your dog feels comfortable and the costume doesn’t create any unnecessary anxiety.
Be Smart About Halloween Candy and Decorations
Most people know that candy can make a dog sick. And if a dog eats enough candy at once, it can be fatal. So be sure to keep candy stored safely away where there’s no chance of your dog getting into it. Halloween decorations are another less obvious danger. Make sure your dog isn’t chewing on any Halloween lights or similar decorations you have around your house.
Finally, while pumpkins don’t pose the same threat as candy, any dog that eats a large amount is going to have an upset stomach. So if you have a Jack-O-Lantern, put it in a spot where your dog won’t be tempted to start snacking on it.