|Posted by Sociable Paws on October 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM|
Halloween is fast approaching and there's lots to get ready, pumpkins to carve, sweets to buy, costumes to prepare and to add to the list are our very special pooches. Halloween is full of fun and frights but for our pets it can be more of the frights than the fun.
In Puppy School we do a socialisation exercise especially designed to help prepare puppies for the scary masks and costumes that they could encounter around the end of October but if your dog doesn't think that costumes and masks are their best friends there's lots you can do to help them out. On halloween night make sure you keep your dog away from the front door and all those scary trick or treaters... if your dog becomes scared he/she could use aggression to try to get the scary monster to move away from him/her so keep them out of the way so they can remain calm and not get freaked out.
We all like to carve an impressive pumpkin and dogs can't find them intriguing too... make sure you keep all the insides out of your dog's reach (no better time than to make that pumpkin soup to warm you up on these miserable autumnal days), you don't want to end up spending halloween outside with your dog's upset tummy! If using real candles ensure your pumpkin is well out of the reach of your dog if not use a glow light stick instead!
Making sure your dog doesn't eat any of that chocolate you've collected from all that trick and treating might just mean you'll have to eat it all up yourself!