Halloween can be a fun time, but it can also be a scary time for dogs. Here's a few tips to consider:
- Be careful the your dogs don't eat the trick-or-treat candy. Chocolate can be toxic and in large doses, fatal. Wrappers can cause intestinal blockages. Many candies will result in an upset stomach. So make sure your kids keep their candy away from where your dog can reach it.
- Even the calmest dog might become nervous or scared by people in costumes. Give your dog a safe place to relax during trick-or-treat time or parties, away from the action. If your dog does become scared or excited, remember, as the pack leader, you need to remain calm. Reassurance is fine, but don't baby your dog or overdo it. A calm, relaxed leader will help a dog be calm and relaxed. Your dog will think, "The pack leader seems to think all is OK, so I'm OK."
- Be careful your dog doesn't dart outside when you're opening the door for trick-or-treaters.
- Dressing your dog is a costume can be fun. But not every dog tolerates it well. If your dog doesn't like the costume, don't stress him out by insisting it be worn. Perhaps an orange and black neckerchief is enough. Make sure costumed dogs are under constant supervision so they don't become entangled in, or ingest parts of their costume.
- Be careful if you put a candle in a jack-o-latern that your dog doesn't knock it over.