Halloween Dog Safety Tips
We are just days away from the BIG day.... even BIGGER if you have littles in your home!! Just imagine what your dog will think of all the crazy makeup, scary masks, and odd clothing.
As responsible owners, it is our job to minimize the crazy and keep our dogs as calm and non-affected as possible. This can be a hard task depending on your dog, where you live, if you have kids, if you have a party, etc.
So, what can you do TODAY to help with your dog survive Halloween?
DIFFUSE YOUR OILS
That's right, now is the time to be proactive. Start diffusing your pups favorite calming oil today...not tomorrow (well, you should do it tomorrow too). My favorites include Vetiver, Balance, Serenity, Copaiba, Steady, and Calmer. The point to starting today is to support your pup ahead of time, also because it is important that we use our oils before the actual need arises, so there is not a negative association.
GET YOUR COSTUMES OUT
Yep, another one of those that seem a little strange, but by doing this, your pup can sniff away and get used to the strange new get-up prior to it going on you or the kids.
WHAT TO DO ON HALLOWEEN WITH YOUR DOG
USE YOUR CRATE
I know, not everyone has a crate to use, but my point is to provide a safe spot for your DOG while you may be away with the kids, handing out candy, or having a houseful of guests. The bottom line is, most dogs get REALLY STRESSED on Halloween based on the crazy behavior of the humans around them. Minimize this stress by giving them a safe and secure spot for them to stay.
TURN UP THE VOLUME
Sounds like we should have a dance party....well at least not around the dog! Turn on some soothing music, a calm TV show, or use a fan to provide some white noise to drown out the comings and goings of your house guests.
Did I mention diffuse....yep, pretty sure that I did. Fire up your diffuser early in the day, so that your critters are calm, quiet, and relaxed when the haunting time is upon you. If you have a pup that is really affected I recommend putting their oil of choice on their rear pads, as well as petting along the spine for added support.
If you have kids OR have to hand out candy…. I would just put it on yourself while you are at it!
PUT THE CANDY UP
If your kids are like mine (big or little....it seems to be the same), they come home and make a pile of candy to "check out the loot". Make sure your dog is put away during this time as the last thing you want is the dog doing a "run by" to steal a mouthful of candy. Now many of you are saying..."Fido wouldn't do that!", I challenge, is it worth taking the chance? Others of you are right with me, if you have THAT dog, you know what I am saying is true. All in all, keep your critters safe this Halloween by making good choices for them. You are their protector, they rely on you to keep them safe and out of harm's way.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN from our home to yours!
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