Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the whole year…fabulous costumes, yummy treats, lots of visitors to tell me how good I look…did I mention fabulous costumes? And how good I look?
Believe it or not, though, Halloween can actually be a scary time for a lot of dogs. New people coming to the door; familiar people wearing spooky costumes; lots of delicious smelling (but indigestion-inducing) candy around; creepy candle-lit jack-o’-lanterns…yikes!
I have my owners follow the rules below during this time of year, and if you do, too, your dog just might come to love Halloween as much as I do…even if he never looks as good in costume.
Keep me indoors during trick-or-treat. All the little ghouls and goblins running around can feel overwhelming—or even threatening. Sometimes it’s better to put me and my friends in a separate room, away from all the chaos, to keep us from getting scared and running out the door—or loving the visitors a little too much!
Let me get used to your costumes. I have trouble recognizing even my owners in their fancy get-up—it helps to let me sniff your costumes before you put them on. And keep the masks off around me! They’re just plain scary!
Keep candy away from me. They smell SO good, but many candies—especially those containing chocolate or xylitol—can cause me problems, from a mild upset tummy to vomiting, diarrhea, or worse. Special doggy treats, however, are totally encouraged.
Make sure lit candles and pumpkins are out of my reach. When I’m excited I might knock these over and create a dangerous situation—and this is even more easily done for my long-tailed friends!
All costumes must be approved by me. If I’m uncomfortable in my dog costume, Halloween won’t be fun for anyone. I even know a lot of dogs, like my friend Beau here at the Speak Dog Blog, who don’t like costumes at all! I don’t pretend to understand it…but hey, it’s just one less competitor at this year’s Training Academy Halloween party!
Have a safe and happy Halloween!