Is your dog ready for Witches, Ghosts, Goblins and other make believe characters that come with the Halloween festivities? Most households, both with and without children, will participate to some extent. Dressing up in strange costumes, trick-or-treating and candy everywhere. Halloween is a fun time for children and adults as well.
A fun time of year for humans yes, but it is not always fun or safe for our pets. Many unforeseen dog problems can occur with during the Halloween activities, and now is the time to begin working on them — ahead of time!
The most common event is dogs bolting out the door whenever it’s opened. On this night, probably more than any other time of year you’ll be opening the door regularly as the trick-or-treaters will be ringing your bell and yelling that familiar chant — .Trick or Treat!
You should begin to practice now with your pet — teaching him that even if the door is open, he is not to run out. Keep him leashed at first and practicing several times a day. It’s a good idea to get the help of friends or neighborhood children to create distractions outside.
Now is the time for very thorough socialization training. Remember, we know the 3 foot tall Ghost or even the 5 foot tall Goblin is just a cute kid or adult in a costume, our dogs may not understand or realize it.
Halloween socialization for puppies and dogs can begin by introducing them to hats, masks, strange noises and anything else you can think of so he won’t be overly suspicious. Is your dog ready when they suddenly appear at your door on Halloween night?
Keep in mind dogs will tolerate a lot of things away from home that they won’t on their own territory. You don’t want your dog to become overprotective or extremely fearful which could result in a dangerous situation. Practice in as many settings as possible.
Supervision of your dog is another good idea anytime, but more so on this night. Many people prefer to sit out on their porches and wait for trick-or-treaters, if you’ve done proper socialization training your dog can join in the fun by staying with you. Keep in mind no matter how well trained your dog is, for every ones safety keep them on a leash.
Another thing to consider to keep your dog safe is to not leave him outside in your yard unsupervised for long periods of time. Cats, especially black ones, should be kept indoors to protect them from the rare pranks and acts of cruelty that could occur.
Last but very important, remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs. Do not leave your bowl of treats anywhere the dog might reach it and be sure children know where to keep their stash as well.
So is your dog ready? By doing some advanced socialization training and taking the extra precautions ahead of time, your dog can be kept safe and enjoy the excitement of Halloween along with the rest of us!