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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Go ahead and make sure your pet is fed their normal meal before all of the kids start knocking on your door.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Don’t let your pet eat any of the goodies.  Chocolate and artificial sweeteners like xylitol can be toxic to your pets!