Here comes Halloween!

Are you ready for Halloween? Is your dog ready?

Make sure you have a game plan so that your dog and your trick-or-treaters feel safe!

 

If your dog gets too excited, over-aroused or fearful to; door-knocking, doorbells, guests at the door, children, goblins, ghosts, witches, or zombies:

·        Exercise your dog well right before it's trick-or-treat time.

o   Chase a flirt-pole or play fetch

·        Put your dog in another room.

o   Play soothing music to drown out the sounds at the door.

o   Keep your door open if you have a glass door so you can watch for trick-or-treaters and catch them before they knock or ring the bell. If you can’t keep your door open, keep a close eye out for trick-or-treaters and catch them before they knock or ring the bell.

o   Set up a kibble/treat scavenger hunt.

o   Give your dog a bunch of puzzle toys loaded with their dinner and some treats.

o   Give your dog something to chew on such as; appropriately sized raw femur bone, bully sticks, or beef tendons. Keep checking in on your dog to make sure they have not whittled the bone/chew down to a choke-able size.

 

If your dog is not over excited or fearful of; door-knocking, doorbells, guests at the door, children, goblins, ghosts, witches, or zombies:

·        Use these random door meetings as a training opportunity!

o   Practice sending your dog to their mat every time a trick-or-treater knocks or rings the bell.

o   Practice having your dog stay on the mat while someone else tends to the trick-or-treaters. Have your dog on leash if you are not 100% sure your dog will stay. (click and treat your dog while they stay to set your dog up for success.)

 

If you have a puppy:

·        Use this holiday as a great socialization event!

o   Hand your trick-or-treaters some really yummy dog treats to feed to your puppy.

o   If your puppy is too shy to take treats from; goblins, witches, ghosts and zombies, let your puppy watch from a comfortable distance while you feed your puppy treats.

 

Jamie Flanders