Halloween Can Be At Least Tolerable for Your Dog
Halloween has become an actively celebrated holidays here in the USA, to the bewilderment of many of our international friends.
Of course, Halloween can present challenges for pet owners. If you are in an area with active Trick or Treating (is that still a thing?), there are a few things you can do to keep it calm.
Incessant ringing of doorbells is Sensory Overload for most dogs. Unless your dog is rock solid around a stream of strangers at the door, crate them or put them in a secure area away from the door.
If your dog will be in the midst of it all, make sure they have their collar and tags on, just in case they get out.
It is a good idea to keep your dog safely on lead and under control as the door is opened and the little goblins are given their sugar fix.
Bliss Tip!Relax Dog Aromatherapy helps keep your dogs cool, calm and relaxed while all of the Halloween festivities continue.
Want to know more? Relax Dog Aromatherapy Info Here.
Don't Let Candy Consumption Ruin Your Halloween
#1 Candy Safety - Keep the candy bowl totally out of your dog’s reach. That includes tall dogs who counter surf and little dogs who figured out how to jump from chair to table to counter (yes, I have had Frenchies that did that).
We all know chocolate is not good for dogs. But how much chocolate is bad? All chocolate?
Chocolate toxicity depends on three main factors.
1) Size of Your Dog
2) Type of Chocolate
3) How Much They Ate
For complete info on the toxicity levels of the various types of chocolate check out our Chocolate & Your Dog Info here.
If you do suspect your dog got into the candy, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 and consult a Chocolate Toxicity Calculator.
Dressing Up Your Dog
If you are a dedicated dog dresser-upper, admit it and start dressing your puppy up while they are young. If you start when they're still a puppy, praise them and give plenty of treats they may enjoy costume time.
If your dog is a costume loving ham, keep the following in mind; make sure your dog can breathe easily, walk/sit/stand comfortably, hear, pant/drink and be able to pee. Pretty much what we expect of a costume we would wear!
Make sure there are no small bits that can be chewed off the costume and swallowed (by your dog, another dog or a child-hey, it could happen). If the costume has batteries, be sure they are dog-proof and secured.
Have a dress rehearsal prior to the 31st to get your dog used to that particular costume.
Dressing up your pet in costume can be a hoot, but if your dog loathes it, please snap one picture and take their outfit off. Respect your dog's personal space!