Halloween season is upon us, and whilst everyone is caught up in the excitement of candy and costumes, we can’t forget our beloved pets.
Here, we will give you a full rundown of how to have a spook free Halloween for your pet. From safety tips, to nervous dogs, and even homemade Halloween treats.
5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Candy – Make sure to keep your stash of Halloween candy out of reach of your dog. Chocolate contains harmful toxins such as the bromine which is very harmful to dogs, and can lead so a whole host of illnesses or worse. So, remember, keep candy away from pets.
Decorations – Spare a thought to the safety of your pet when using jack o lanterns, smoke machines and other decorations. Whilst they add to that spooky atmosphere, they can be harmful to dogs and should be considered carefully.
Comfortable Costumes – Costumes for your pet may be a fun, cute idea, just as long as your pet is comfortable. You can keep your pet happy and relaxed by using treats and letting them get used to their costume in the lead up to festivities.
Keep Pets Indoors – With noise, lights and playful children out in full force, its best to keep pets indoors to avoid potential dangers.
Micro Chips & ID Tags – OK, so on Halloween night the front door of your house is going be opening and closing with children trick or treating, and the last thing you want is your dog running out into the night. Making sure your pet is wearing their collared ID tag, or if they are micro chipped, ensuring its updating with your current address, will help your fury friend be returned to you if they manage to escape.
What’s your Dogs Personality Type?
Is your pet relaxed? Is your dog showing signs of stress or anxiety? Another safety factor to consider is how will you dog cope with Halloween? This is a great safety prevention method, by understanding how your dog will react, you can make a safer, happier environment for them.
So, how will your Dog react to ‘Trick or Treaters’? Pick your dog’s personality type and understand how best to help them this Halloween.
Shy – For shy Dogs its best to keep them away from all the loud noises. Choose somewhere quiet where they can snuggle into bed with a special toy and even treats will calm them somewhat from all the commotion. If nose is a real trigger for your shy pup, playing the tv or radio is your best option.
Protective – You will know if your dog is protective over their home, these are usually dogs who bark at the post man and even family and friends. Now add costumes, masks, and loud noises to the ix and you may trigger aggressive behaviours. Again, you are best off keeping your Dog away from these situations.
Happy – If your dog is more than happy to be around people, noise, and loves to be centre of attention, then Halloween can be very enjoyable for them. Get them involved, dress them up in fun costumes, and just be sure to follow our safety tips.
How to help a nervous dog this Halloween
There are many ways you can help a nervous dog this Halloween, and you will know better than anyone how to make your pet feel calmer, and more relaxed.
Here are a few ideas on what you can do this Halloween Season to help:
Overall, a nice quiet area, with a few home comforts will go a far way to calming a nervous dog down. It’s also important to remember, a nervous dog is an unpredictable dog. Don’t take any chances this Halloween and keep not only your pet safe but everyone else too.
PUMPKIN PEANUT BUTTER BONES
Make this super easy recipe for Homemade Halloween Dog Treats in 30 minutes.
2 ½ cups of Flour
1 ¼ cups of mashed Pumpkin
¼ cup of Peanut Butter
¼ cup of Water
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a metal baking sheet.
2) In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well.
3) Shape into long thin bone shapes and place onto baking sheet.
4) Bake for 20 –25 minutes. The thickness of your shapes will dictate if they will need longer in the oven.
5) Allow to cool completely before serving to your dog.