Halloween night is simply bewitching! Which can be the best time of the year...(see what we did there)😋
After all, Halloween means us pawrents can whip out all our dog costumes! Take cute photos of your dog with pumpkins, enjoy a warmer knitted fall wardrobe and cozy comfort food as we approach winter.
However for some pawrents it is a total nightmare for their fur babies, it can cause anxiety and unwanted scenarios which can put a damper on all the Halloween hype everyone else around you is embracing!
Never fear, we are here to offer some whole hearted advice to ensure everyone enjoys the spookiest day of the year!
- Make sure your costume is chew and toxic free or that you will be able to supervise your dog while they are wearing it. A lot of glues used to make costumes are highly toxic to animals! Not to mention most costumes have fidgety parts that are easily chewed off and could cause a serious blockage in your dogs body.
- Even though this Halloween there will likely be social distancing measures in place, that doesn’t mean it will stop people from trying to pay a visit to your house for trick or treating! If your dog is easily spooked by people knocking on your door or coming within your property; We suggest you place a friendly sign on your gate/door asking people not to trick or treat at your house for the well being of your pet.
- If you still want to join in on the Halloween traditions, you could always leave a bowl of candy for the trick or treaters to take as they leave without disturbing you.
- Think carefully about walking your pup around in your neighbourhood wearing their spooktastic Halloween outfit. It does sound like fun, but you must ensure your dog is 100% a people loving dog as you will most definitely get approached by children and parents in awe of your super duper cute pup all dressed up! Keep an eye on your dog’s behaviour at all times, if your dog is feeling stressed with their tail between their legs that’s a sign it’s time to go home!
- Don’t push your dog as for them it is a highly unusual event walking on their normally quiet street which is now surrounded by screaming children pretending to scare one another... Even if your dog is normally the laid back people kissing pooch, don’t force your dog to interact or be comfortable around people if there are signs of anxiety.
- Should you be allowing trick or treaters to visit your house but you would prefer your dog to feel safe, please exercise them early in the day before trick or treaters take over the streets. Some of the bulky costumes bouncing along your neighbourhood are likely to put your dog on edge.
- Once it starts to get closer to the late afternoon, place your beloved pet in a quiet room with the radio or tv on so they can relax without all the excitement unfolding at your doorstep. This also will help you avoid situations where your dog may scare trick or treaters by barking or jumping up on them! As strange as it is, some people crazily haven’t worked out that dogs are literally the best thing about life and that our world means nothing without dogs!
- If you do have candy out, please put it out of reach. As I’m certain you dog loving bunch will know sugars, artificial sweeteners and chocolate are not safe for our fur babies. Sugar-free alternative candies are especially worse if they contain Xylitol, a potentially lethal sweetener..
No one wants to pay a vet bill this close to Christmas! So check the candy is securely stored away or better yet at the end of Halloween give it away to friends/family as it is risky business having candy lying around.
We hope our cautioned advice will help you celebrate a fun Halloween with your fluffy family members.
Wishing you all things pumpkin spice and everything nice for your fang-tastic Halloween night!
Love from Bijou and Co