Today’s post is brought to us by The Dog Park
Halloween can be a fun time to enjoy with family, friends and the kids. But ever wonder how your dog can get in on the fun? After all, dogs love tricks. . . and adore treats! Here are some tips for trick-or-treating with your dog.
The Dog Park has a special day just for your fur baby. Our annual Doggy Trick or Treat event on Sunday, October 29th from 1-3pm is sure to be a ghoulful time. You and your dog begin at The Dog Park. There you will pick up your goodie bag which will include a map of participating stores. You can win a $50 Dog Park gift card in the costume contest. Prizes are awarded for best individual, family and group costume.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR HALLOWEEN FUN
First things first, ask yourself if your dog will actually enjoy trick-or-treating! We humans look at trick-or treating-as one big family walk night. But to dogs, trick-or-treating may cause stress. There are loud, excitable children running around, costumes, and strangers approaching from every angle and stray chocolates that bypass a kid’s bag and end up on the ground.
Instead of taking them out at “prime time,” leave your dog comfortably at home in a crate or in a room away from first floor windows with a high value treat that they can chew on (like a stuffed Kong, Bully Stick or NoHide chew). We also sell calming treats and diffusers for the anxious dog.
If you think your dog can handle the crowds. . . then get the costume ready and take him out! But follow these simple guidelines for making sure that you keep your dog and your neighbors safe and happy.
- Keep your dog on a leash. We know that this seems obvious, but it is necessary! Even if your dog is totally friendly and reliable off-leash, other people and their children may not be comfortable around your dog.
- Keep your dog on public walking paths and sidewalks. Stay off of neighbors’ walkways and porches. Again, just because you love your dog like you love your children, doesn’t mean that everyone else loves your dog as much. In fact, people may have landscaping or yards that are not dog friendly, or they may even have another dog that isn’t friendly toward other four-legged visitors near their home.
- Make sure your dog is wearing some sort of reflective gear. We sell reflective leashes, LED collars and dots to attach to their collars.
If you will be handing out treats at your home. These tips are handy;
Don’t force your dog to interact with people or children if these types of activities make him uncomfortable. If you know that your dog has issues with rough petting, multiple people approaching at once or strangers coming to your door, keeping him in a quiet room is a safer and less anxiety-producing option for your dog.
- Teach your dog to stay at doorways, and reinforce him for holding that stay instead of bounding through to greet trick-or-treaters. And start practicing now instead of on Halloween night when excitement and stress is at a high!
The most important thing is to have fun!