Dog “Trick or Treat” Tips

Such a fun time of year! Costumes are the name of the game and as much fun as we have, it is more than likely not the same for our dogs. This time, in fact, can be very stressful.

Not all dogs enjoy costumes.
Let’s face it. Some of us don’t enjoy dresses while others don’t enjoy wearing ties. Dogs are the same way. Some love to be all dolled up while other’s don’t. Be mindful of how your dog feels. How can you tell if he’s uncomfortable?

If a dog is uncomfortable in costume he shows displacement behaviors like:

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Shaking as if he’s wet
  • Scratching
  • Licking lips
  • Looking to the side

Do something as simple as ID Tags

If you plan for it, it won’t happen and when you don’t plan, well, it all goes wrong. If you don’t have one already, please go to your local pet shop and get an ID tag made for your pet. I know this might seem like common sense, but be sure that your pet is wearing his ID during the festivities.

Trick or Treaters

The door bell with weird costumes coming and going can be very overwhelming to many dogs. Instead of keeping your dog front and center, I recommend setting up a quiet room. Give him something great to chew, like a stuffed Kong or a bully stick. Have background noise playing like THROUGH A DOG’S EAR CD or leave the TV on and the curtains pulled.
 
Stay Away from the Candies

There are many candies that can be extremely harmful to your pet, so be extra careful to keep the goodies up out of his reach as well as the beautiful candle lit jack-o-lanterns.

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Get Your Spooky On; Howloween Tips for Dog Owners


Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls oh my! As much fun as we have getting a sugar over-load, an adrenaline rush from scary movies and let’s not forget the yummy apple cider; Halloween isn’t always as fun for our pets. In fact, it can be very stressful.

DING DONG THE DOG IS NOT DEAD

The door bell rang and the door knocked every few seconds during the trick-or-treaters’ visit. This can be very overwhelming to many dogs, not to mention seeing humans wearing “weird” outfits. Instead of keeping your dog front and center, I recommend setting up a quiet room away from the fright buzz. Give him something great to chew, like a stuffed Kong or a bully stick. Have background noise playing like THROUGH A DOG’S EAR CD or leave the TV on and the curtains pulled; encouraging your dog to chill.
 
 KEEP YOUR PET AWAY FROM THE LOOT

There are many candies that can be extremely harmful to your pet, so be extra careful to keep the goodies up out of his reach as well as the beautiful candle lit jack-o-lanterns.

I.D. PLEASE

Murphy’s law, right? If you plan for it, it won’t happen and when you don’t plan, well, it all goes wrong. If you don’t have one already, please go to your local pet shop and get an ID tag made for your pet. I know this might seem like common sense, but be sure that your pet is wearing his ID during the festivities.

ALL DRESSED UP, BUT DON’T WANT TO GO NO WHERE

As a Tom boy forced to wear dresses growing up, I can empathize. Let’s not expect all dogs to enjoy the costume, people! After all, do you enjoy wearing wool sweaters? Please respect your dog’s wishes.

If a dog is uncomfortable in costume he shows displacement behaviors like:

  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Shaking as if he’s wet
  • Scratching
  • Licking lips
  • Looking to the side

‘Dogs will show us that they are not enjoying the world’s cutest outfit ever, first by avoiding it. This may be looking away, backing away, running away, attempts at rubbing it off on the walls….take any small effort on your dog’s part to avoid the costume as a sign that work needs to be done associating the ultimate positive experience with the ‘get up’ before trying again.’ Ashley Altimirano, CPDT

Please be safe! I hope that you have so many treasured memories this Halloween season. From my family to yours, blessings ❤

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Dog Halloween Safety Tips

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1) The sugary treats we enjoy are not safe for dogs. Chocolate in particular can be very dangerous for our furry friends. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many candies, can also cause health problems. If you suspect that your dog has gotten his paws on some Halloween goodies, don’t hesitate to call your vet.

2) As cute as it may be, not all dogs enjoy getting into costume. It can be very stressful for dogs to be dressed up when they don’t enjoy it, so it’s best to simply skip the costume if your dog doesn’t think it’s as fun as you do. If your dog does enjoy the costume festivities, make sure you select a costume that fits properly and does not restrict the dog’s movement, and avoid small pieces that may be chewed or swallowed.

3) Giving your dog a safe, quiet spot can help prevent stress and overexcitement, as well as the risk of your dog slipping out the door as Trick-or-Treaters come and go from your home. You may even try leaving your candy in a bowl on the porch so Trick-or-Treaters don’t have to ring the bell or knock.

4) Halloween is a good time for dogs to stay inside. People dressed up in strange costumes can be frightening for dogs, and they may try to bolt out of fear. Even if you have a fenced yard, make sure your dogs are well supervised if they need to go out. Pets are often targeted for pranks and other mischief, especially dark-colored pets.

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written by Michelle Huntting