Keep all treats away from your pet. Most, if not all, Halloween treats are poisonous to dogs. If your dog does get his paws on any Halloween candy, keep a close eye on their behavior and call your local vet or emergency clinic immediately if necessary.
If you are going to be home with your pet…
o Try to divert their attention from all the commotion going on at the door by playing with them.
o Close the shades or blinds to keep your dog from seeing what is going on outside.
o Set your dog up for success and if possible attempt to find a way to block your dog’s access to the front door (maybe use a dog gate). You want your pup to hear the doorbell and see the door, but not get out.
Remember if your dog (or cat) has access to the door the scary costumes could freak them out causing them to dart out the door into the dark. Make sure your dog (or cat) has the proper ID in the event that s/he does escape.
Reward your dog and they will learn positive behavior. A recommendation is every time the doorbell rights give your dog a treat in a room away from the door while someone else attends to the trick-or-treaters. Repeat this throughout the night. The goal is for your dog to learn the doorbell indicates treat.
If you have no one available to help you can also put your dog in a room far from the front door and provide him or her with a stuffed Kong or marrow bone for the evening. It may even be helpful to play some soothing music or leave the radio on in the room with your pets to help mask the sounds of your party and activity at the front door.
Halloween decorations can spell trouble if you’re not careful. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them. Don’t put a lit candle in your carved pumpkin if you have pets. They could easily knock it over and cause a fire or get burned from the flame. Also, keep wire and cords from electric lights away from your pets. If chewed, your pet could suffer cuts and burns and possibly a life threatening electrical shock.
- Some dogs do not enjoy being dressed up. Know your pet. If you do dress up your dog, make sure that s/he can move around in it and that it isn’t too tight.