Such a fun time of year! Costumes are the name of the game and as much fun as we have, it is more than likely not the same for our dogs. This time, in fact, can be very stressful.
Not all dogs enjoy costumes.
Let’s face it. Some of us don’t enjoy dresses while others don’t enjoy wearing ties. Dogs are the same way. Some love to be all dolled up while other’s don’t. Be mindful of how your dog feels. How can you tell if he’s uncomfortable?
If a dog is uncomfortable in costume he shows displacement behaviors like:
- Avoiding eye contact
- Shaking as if he’s wet
- Licking lips
- Looking to the side
Do something as simple as ID Tags
If you plan for it, it won’t happen and when you don’t plan, well, it all goes wrong. If you don’t have one already, please go to your local pet shop and get an ID tag made for your pet. I know this might seem like common sense, but be sure that your pet is wearing his ID during the festivities.
Trick or Treaters
The door bell with weird costumes coming and going can be very overwhelming to many dogs. Instead of keeping your dog front and center, I recommend setting up a quiet room. Give him something great to chew, like a stuffed Kong or a bully stick. Have background noise playing like THROUGH A DOG’S EAR CD or leave the TV on and the curtains pulled.
Stay Away from the Candies
There are many candies that can be extremely harmful to your pet, so be extra careful to keep the goodies up out of his reach as well as the beautiful candle lit jack-o-lanterns.