HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO HALLOWEEN WITH YOUR DOG

HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO HALLOWEEN WITH YOUR DOG

in The Dish ~ a Blog by the Paw Naturals 'Pet Foodies'

Like the grumpy guy in your office who opts out of the costume contest every year, not all pets are down for Halloween. Some are game to dress up as the Robin to your Batman and hit the town. And for some, it’s their own personal nightmare. What’s right for yours?

HAUNTING THE STREETS

Let’s get real. Halloween means large crowds, and lots of exposure to kids of all ages as well as other pets. Will your pet be comfortable with all that? Here’s a helpful list on how to keep your pet safe and happy during all of the Halloween fun!

  • Do a test run at home
  • Dress up, put on a mask, play some spooky noises. If they don't react well, it might be time to reconsider.
      • Improve those leash skills
      • Make sure their costume is comfy
        • Try it on in advance to make sure it fits right so that your pet can move freely. If they look uncomfortable, find a different costume.
      • Prepare your pet for a night of walking
        • Add a blinking light or reflective collar for safety. Also, have some treats ready on hand to help with focus and emergencies.
      • Know when to go
        • Keep an eye out for signs of stress and take them home if needed.

      HIDING UNDER THE SHEETS

      If your pet doesn’t love socializing under the best of circumstances and hates loud noises, congrats, you’re the proud pet parent of an introvert. Here’s our checklist for keeping your homebody feeling secure while things go bump in the night.

    • Work on their response to guests at the door
          • Find ways to cut down on barking and attempts to escape.
    • Put up a sign for trick-or-treaters
          • If endless doorbell ringing sets off your pet, post a note asking folks to just knock.
    • Find pets a happy place away from the action
          • Find a quiet room and give your dog something to chew on or a fun toy. Let your cat hide out in their favorite spot.
    • Help them relax
          • CBD oil and calming treats help ease anxiety naturally. Test it out before the big night to see if it helps your pet.
    • Careful with the candy, but don’t forget the treats
          • Keep the Halloween goodies out of reach, and lots of pet rewards on hand for good behavior.
        • If all else fails, lights out
        • If it’s all too much for your pet, say no to trick or treaters and yes to peace and quiet.