Ruh-Rwow! Summer is over and fall is upon us and our pooches! Time to put away the sunglasses, lemonade, and swim trunks and dust off all your cool-weather wear.
The great thing about this time of year is the slew of holidays that follow one another in quick succession. First up – the one and only, the positively bone chilling, the spooktacular celebration of Halloween. Fun for people of every age, Halloween gives us the chance to let loose, to dress up, and to indulge in our sweet tooth.
It can be a fun time not just for humans but for our four-legged friends as well. However, like many other times that are primarily human-centered, it’s important to remember that our furry friends need a little supervision when it comes to celebrations, particularly Halloween. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re your upcoming Halloween more safe than scary for your pup.
Secure the candy.
Halloween is all about the sweet stuff. During October you can expect candy to start showing up at work, at school, and at the house. You may start keeping bowls of it around the house to hand to guests and eventually tricker-treaters, but don’t forget that your pooch desperately wants some as well. Although sugar is tasty, it can lead to health problems in your dog as its body will release a massive amount of insulin into its bloodstream to counteract the rush.
Don’t scare them.
Yep, it’s all about the heeby-jeebies this holiday and we’re sure that whatever tricks you have your sleeve are positively spine-tingling. However, keep in mind that your dog has deep emotions too and can be confused and frightened if not properly socialized during this time. If you are going to have any animatronic displays that are designed to scare or if you or your guests will be wearing something hair-raising, make sure your dog knows what’s going on.
Create a ‘safe’ place.
Whether or not your pup is cool with all the commotion going on, it’s a great idea to make sure that you have a “safe” place for them to retreat to if needed. Just like humans, dogs can become overwhelmed and overstimulated. Reserve a room in the house or special place in the garage or closet that they know is for them. Doing this gives them a feeling of control and lets them engage at level they feel comfortable with.
No tricks, just treats at Pawderosa!
Thinking of heading out on the town this Halloween? Bring your pup to the ranch and experience a great time for all. Contact us today to book your stay – space is limited!