Here are a few tips to have a positive and safe Halloween with your pooch:
1. More timid dogs should be in a separate room for when kids are at the door getting their treat. This will be a positive experience for you and your dog. It will also keep everyone safe this Halloween. Give them a special chew, raw bone, peanut butter filled toy etc. as their “treat”, it will keep them entertained.
2. Keep your dog away from any candy. Most people probably know this, but a reminder is always good. Candy is not good for any dog and can potentially be life threatening.
3. If your dog is happy-go-lucky who loves everyone than have him or her be a part of the trick-or-treating fun. Just remember that some kids and their parents might get a bit overwhelmed by a big high-energy dog. Not everyone likes, or is used to dogs, so be mindful that friendly Fido may be scary to some.
4. Making sure your dog has plenty of exercise before the night of fun begins. Your dog will be a lot easier to handle if he or she is exercised. A balanced dog will have a better chance at remaining calm, feeling less stressed while your doorbell rings and trick-or-treaters holler for candy.
5. Fearful dogs should not be coddled if they are showing signs of shaking, burring their heads etc. Let them work through their fear, coddling will only reenforce the behaviour.