For this post, I'm using my 2nd favorite model, Miss Stinker Doodle Bug. She dressed up as a Jack in the Box this year. I'm also sharing the first 5 of 10 dog safety tips I want you to use on Halloween that I picked up from the Dogster website:
- Don't leave your dog outside. Even if you have a fenced yard, bring your dog inside where it is safe. If your dog is usually kept outside, bring him in a few times before the big night to get him used to being indoors. Your dog may be used to strangers, but so many ghouls & goblins running around may be too much. Remember also that it is a natural instinct for dogs to protect the family from strangers & on Halloween there will be no shortage of strangers.
- Keep your dog restrained. If your dog is timid or scared, or if he tends to love people a little too much, it is best to put him in a separate room away from the front door to limit his excitability, aggression, and chance of running outside and becoming lost.
- Reassure your dog. The best thing you can do for your dog when he is feeling unsettled by Halloween activities is to act as you normally would. By over-reassuring your dog or giving him an unusual amount of attention, you inadvertently can communicate to him that because you are acting differently, there must be something to worry about.
- Have your dog get used to costumes. Your dog may see his family members as strangers once they don their Halloween costumes. Before the kids put them on, allow your dog to scent (or rub on) the costumes. If your costume has a mask, keep the mask off when you are with your dog because dogs can become confused when they can’t see our faces.
- Check your dog’s ID tag. Be sure identification tags are secure on your dog’s collar-just in case.
Come back tomorrow to see my cool Alien Card & the last 5 Halloween pet safety tips.