Halloween is a fun time for candy, scary decorations and great family traditions, however, it is import to get your pet ready for this holiday! Especially those pets that can easily become anxious and fearful. We have some tips to get your pet prepared for those strange noises, monsters and strangers coming to the house constantly…. most of them involve treats!
1. Take Your Dog for a Walk During Day and Night Before Halloween
Get your pets used to the Halloween decorations, as some neighbors get things ready before October 31st. You can let your dog see the decorations during daylight on your regular walks and after they are familiar, do the same walk during the nights. Get your pet used to the dark and take some treats with you so they can keep a positive outlook on the experience.
2. Show Your Pet the Costume You are Planning to Wear
It might be strange walking around the house in a Halloween Costume before the actual holiday but try at least to get your pet familiarized with it, especially if you are going to be entertaining or throwing a Halloween party. Show your pet the clothes/costume or headpiece in advance. Wearing the costume and giving them another treat will definitely help with positive reinforcement.
3. Be Patient if you are Planning on Dressing up your Pet
Pets look awesome in their costumes! Before writing this article I found so many cute pets dressed up! All this research made me want to dress my dog this Halloween. First, make sure that your pet is willing, and if so, find a custom that is comfortable for your pet to wear. Let your pet be familiarized with the costume by being around it beforehand. If it has more than two pieces, try one piece at a time. Also while they are wearing it, try to make it a positive experience, and give them a treat.
4. Get Your Pet Familiar to the Doorbell and Knocking
If your dog is especially anxious you probably need to get them ready for Halloween. Usually, the bell ringing is worse than the knocking, so try giving them a treat while the bell is ringing. Try to do it every day until Halloween night. If that’s not possible try to settle your dog in a nice spot away from the front door with a toy or and a treat that can keep them busy and entertained.
5. Keep Your Dog Away from the Candy
Remember Candy and chocolate is very bad for pets, they are one of the many foods you need to keep away from your dog. Just have an eye on your pet and get ready more dog cookies this Halloween.