Halloween is a time of flashing lights sow how make halloween fun for dog , excited children, dropped candy and crazy noises. While some dogs love it, other dogs don’t. Run through this easy checklist the day of and after Halloween to keep the day fun and festive for you and your furry bestie.
If your dog doesn’t like Halloween:
- Keep your dog away from the front door. Put him in a room or area where he is not privy to the many comings and goings from that part of the house. At the very least, put a gate in the hallway so he can’t get to the door. One Halloween, a large group of children arrived at the front door and one of our dogs somehow got through us and then through them and then led me on a slow chase through the neighborhood as he tried to get away from the noise. Now, not only is he safely barricaded behind a dog indoor fence but he has a dog GPS tracker on his collar. We’re prepared no matter what.
- Don’t let kids ring the doorbell and get the dog wound up. A ringing doorbell is sure to drive all dogs wild with excitement. We sit out on the porch to hand out candy, so ringing the door is never an issue. Not home for the night, make sure to put a big sign on the door — turning off all the lights is supposed to let people know you are not participating, but it pays to take that extra step.
- Mask the Halloween noise so your dog can’t hear it. We put on scary movies at a louder-than-usual volume. The dogs don’t seem to care if the people are screaming on TV. Playing soothing music works for some dogs too.
- Don’t scare your dog. Got a scary Halloween costume, then grab some treats and get your dog used to it. Perhaps put it on one piece at a time and show him, showering him with the treats. Some dogs don’t appreciate the scary transformation.
- Try using supplements, pills or other tools to help calm your dog. Today there are many holistic and pharmaceutical soothers for dogs that get anxiety, especially at Halloween or Fourth of July. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend one that works best for you and your dog. There are also calming vests, soothing music DVDs and puzzle todays — all to help soothe and distract your dog from spooky holidays. Try it before the big night to make sure it does help your dog. We’ve had to try a bunch of different tools to find ones that work for our dogs.