WHAT WILL YOUR PET BE DOING TONIGHT?

Sampson my Great Dane does NOT understand Halloween. He almost ate Tanner when Tanner came out in a long black wig with a mask of no face. Sampson was scared, and absolutely freaked out. Growling, his hair was standing up on his back; until Tanner finally said,  "Hey Sampson...it's just me...Good Boy!" Then he calmed down.

People in costume, the ringing of your doorbell, the shouting of "Trick or Treat" for two to three hours may be more than your pet can take. Here are some ideas to keep them calm on the most haunting night of the year.

DON'T LEAVE YOUR PET OUT IN THE YARD ON HALLOWEEN

It's best to let your pet indoors if possible. Maybe in a room with a tv show on, and a familiar surrounding. We don't need your usually sweet dog rushing to the door to attack children in costumes.

KEEP YOUR PET AWAY FROM THE DOOR

This sort of goes hand in hand with our first tip. Not a good idea to let your dog see those ghouls and goblins outside the door. A protective dog may go into auto mode trying to protect you.

DON'T PUT YOUR PET IN A COSTUME IF THEY DON'T LIKE IT

Do you want your dog to feel stressed out? No! Cute? They are cute without being in a costume. IF your pet tolerates being dressed up all the time; that's one thing. It's a good idea to try out the costume the night before Halloween to see if they can tolerate it. If they can't, it's best to leave the costume to someone else.

DON'TS

  • Don't give your pet candy. It's terrible for them and can cause death.
  • Don't let your pet eat small pumpkins or candies. If they have a tendency to eat everything in sight, make sure they can't get to things that they can choke on or can poison them.
  • Don't keep lit pumpkins around pets. Never a good idea.