Trick or Treat Paw Tips!

General Tips to set your dogs up for success/ Keep them safe on Halloween:

* Get your dog a ton of exercise the night before and early on the day of! A long walk, jog, playdate, or daycare is a great option!  A tired dog is a well behaved dog!

* If your dog has any aggressive tendencies, fear of loud noises or a habit of excessive barking, place him in a quiet room as far away from your front door as possible at least a half-hour before trick-or-treaters arrive with a favorite toy or bone.   You can also considering boarding your pup overnight.  He'll be safely away from the Halloween festivities, and you'll be able to relax and enjoy the holiday.

* As tempting as it may be, do not bring your dog out trick-or treating.  Even the most social and well behaved dogs can be spooked during this chaotic holiday.

* Avoid decorations that can be hazardous such as candles or flaming jack-o-lanterns.

* Do not use ribbons to tie around your dog’s neck for a cute-effect.  These are frequently ingested and can cause intestinal obstruction.

* Keep candy on a high shelf out of reach!  Chocolate is toxic to pets and many candies can be harmful and make pet’s sick.  Only throw candy and wrappers in garbage that has a firm lid!

* Since your door will be opening constantly throughout the night, make sure your dog is wearing his collar with ID tags! - If you haven't done so already, visit your veterinarian for a microchip prior to the festivities of Halloween.

If your pet does escape from the house or becomes lost, a microchip and proper ID tags will increase the chances that they will be returned home again.

* When trick or treating begins, give your dog a high value chew or interactive toy to keep busy! Every 45 minutes, rotate the item so they get excited all over again!  Bone/Chew suggestions:   - Flossy   - Bully Stick  - Merrick texas toothpick   - Antler  

Interactive toy suggestions:  -Kong   - Busy Buddy Twist and Treat   - Nina Ottoson puzzle games (http://www.nina-ottosson.com/)

* When walking dogs during or after Halloween, watch carefully for what they might pick up. Bits of candy and wrappers will be abundant on the sidewalks and streets!

-Shelby Semel (shelbydogtraining.com)