While Halloween can be a fun time of year for humans, it is not always fun or safe for us, your pets.
By Miss Moneypenny, guest dog blogger
Halloween can be a fun time of year. With all sorts of fall festivals, costumes, trick-or-treating, and candy, most households, both with and without children, will join in the festivities to some extent.
While this can be a fun time of year for humans, it is not always fun or safe for us, your pets. Many problems may occur with us this time of year, and now is the time to begin working on them… ahead of time!
One of the most common issues is that we want to bolt out the door whenever it’s opened. Chances are, on Halloween, trick-or-treaters will be ringing your bell, and you’ll be opening the door quite regularly. Practice now with your dog… teaching him that he will not run out even if the door is open. You may have to use his leash at first, and it’s a good idea to practice at times of day when there are many distractions outside.
Also, an important thing to address is extensive socialization. Remember, while you may know that the adorable little Darth Vader or Princess Witch is just a cute kid in a costume, we dogs may not realize. Work on socializing your dog with hats, masks, strange noises, and anything else you can think of so he won’t be overly suspicious comes Halloween time. You don’t want your dog to become overprotective or extremely fearful, which could result in a dangerous situation.
Supervision is a good idea for Halloween.
Many people choose to sit out on their porches and wait for trick-or-treaters, and a properly socialized dog can join in the fun by staying with you on a leash. Also, be sure to keep us safe by not leaving us outside in your yard unsupervised for long periods. As much as I hate to talk about this, cats, especially black ones, should be kept indoors to protect them from the rare (but occasionally real) cruelty that could occur.
Last but not least, remember that chocolate is toxic to us. Please do not leave your bowl of goodies anywhere we might reach it, and be sure that children know where to keep their booty as well.
We can all be safe and enjoy Halloween by doing some training and taking precautions ahead of time!