Kyra here (no that’s not me in the picture, although I could see Watson doing that…) I am still not sure if I am going to be dressing up for Halloween. It is quite difficult to find costumes that fit deep chested breeds like us Dobermans! I have never been trick or treating and we really don’t have trick or treaters visit our house. But I can tell you somehow magically, there is candy that is in my house around this time of month that lingers for a very short period of time. Here are my 5 tips to owners to help make this time a little less stressful for your pets.
- Take your pet on a walk/exercise them prior to trick or treating. Giving them an opportunity to release of all of their energy may help so they aren’t as anxious.
- Go ahead and make sure your pet is fed their normal meal before all of the kids start knocking on your door.
- Make sure your pets are inside when you are expecting trick or treaters. This is for the safety of both your pet and the kids. This goes for cats too!
- If your pet is not comfortable in a crate, this is not the time to put them in it! That is making a stressful situation even more stressful! Instead give them their favorite bed and enrichment toy and let them hang out in a bedroom or bathroom that they are used to sleeping in.
- Don’t let your pet eat any of the goodies. Chocolate and artificial sweeteners like xylitol can be toxic to your pets!