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Halloween tips and tricks

Halloween can be a fun and exciting time of year however there are a few cautions you should take to avoid adding unnecessary stress for your dog.

Here are a few helpful tips and tricks:

  1. Trick or treaters: If you live in an area with lots of children you’re very likely to get a number of scary little trick or treaters at your door. The costumes may not be that scary to us however for some dogs all the weird shapes and dangling bits can be frightening, it’s best to keep them out of the way if you know your dog is going to react to someone being at the door. Keep them away in another room with some mental stimulation like a kong or puzzle game to allow smooth running when answering the door.
  2. Dog costumes: Some dogs love all the costumes and are happy to be dressed up themselves! Just remember to be careful of the costume you pick, ensure there’s enough room for your dog to move around freely and nothing it too tight. You may think your dog looks adorable in their little costume but watch their body language to see how they feel about it, some adjustments may need to be made like taking off hoods which reduce the dogs sight or little buttons that could be swallowed. Lighter coloured costumes or reflective collars or strips will help you keep a better eye on your dog and allow other people to easily see them too. Dog’s which won’t tolerate full costumes may enjoy a simple bandana or bow tie, get creative!
  3. Trick or treating with your dog: It goes without saying that if you are going to take your dog trick or treating they will need to be well socialised so they’re polite to whoever is answering the door. If your dog is a little on the nervous side they might feel more comfortable staying in however if you do need to take them out during Halloween allow them to explore all the decorations at their own pace. Pumpkins with candles, statues, bunting and other decorations can all look very frightening in dim lighting to your dog and they may spook easily.
  4. Candy: There is going to be lots of candy wrappers and sweets around on Halloween which could easily be picked up and swallowed by your dog which can be very harmful to them. Make sure you have the number of your vet ready for emergencies and keep an eye on what your dog is doing.
  5. Walks: Plan your evening walk beforehand, most dogs would prefer to enjoy a nice evening walk before all the commotion starts.

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