Halloween can be a tough time for dogs, especially puppies less than a year old who have never experienced it before. Imagine being a young puppy and confused by the knocks at the door with the strange people showing up in scary costumes screaming words in a language you don't understand. Luckily, we can use this annual event to our advantage. Here are some tips, tricks, and treats that you can use when the monsters come knocking.
- First and foremost, make sure your candy is secure. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and not only can you save a dogs life by making sure the candy is out of reach from a curious puppy, you can save possibly thousands of dollars in veterinary expenses.
- Safety First! Be mindful if your dog is likely to bolt out of the front door when children arrive. Several ways to do this is by making sure your dog is in a safe spot such as a crate or with someone in the house on a leash.
- If you have a puppy, Halloween is the perfect way to socialize him/her to strangers. Have someone assist you, or just hold the leash yourself as you greet visitors coming to your house. The constant and repeated attempts of children to come and retrieve your candy is great exposure for your puppy. This is a great way to start or continue socializing.
Last but not least, here are some quick tips for you this "Howloween"
- Keep power cords from decorative lights out of reach
- Keep chocolate and the leftover wrappers out of reach
- Be mindful of any candles or jack-o-lanterns and make sure your dog cannot disturb them
- If your dog likes costumes, be sure that they don't get too overheated or that the costume is too constricting for them.
Happy Howloween! Stay safe out there.
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