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Fall has officially arrived and that means that Halloween is just around the corner. Is your dog ready for the constant doorbell ringing and stream of strangers?
Whether it’s your pup’s first or 15th Halloween, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are five tips to make the evening a joyful one for you and your dogs:
Keep Halloween treats out of reach. It’s commonly known that chocolate isn’t safe for dogs, but did you know that the real threat is xylitol? Xylitol is an artificial sweetener in many candies and just a small amount can be fatal. Keep the candy far from Fido!
Make sure that your dog is comfortable around guests. If you plan to have your dog out for Halloween, proper training is key. Circle K9 offers a variety of training plans to fit your needs, and if you start now the little guy should be in shape just in time for the holiday!
Keep decor out of reach. The holidays are prime time for lights and festive decor, and pets are naturally curious about anything new. Dogs may chew on the wires and end up with a dangerous shock or make a chew toy from a decoration that may cause them to end up at the vet.
Pay attention to signs of stress. If your dog is acting unusual, allow him/her some time alone. Pets can become overwhelmed with noise/strangers and want to retreat.
Keep the door closed! With a constant stream of trick-or-treaters, it’s easy for your pup to slip right out the door when it’s open. Keep it closed and be mindful when you do open it or make a plan to keep the dog in a place they can’t accidentally get out.
Halloween is the official kick-off of the holidays, and as you prepare, remember that Circle K9 offers boarding services. While your pup is here, s/he can learn a few new tricks! Hurry now while space is available; we are filling up quickly for the holiday season.