With Halloween just around the corner, it is important to consider your pets. Strangers in costumes, loud noises, spooky decorations can seem threatening or scary to your pet. When an animal feels threatened or scared, aggression may occur.
To keep you pet safe and happy, exercise them prior to trick-or-treaters coming out. Keep your pets inside and consider putting them in a quiet, safe room. This is a simple solution that prevents your pet from slipping out the front door, knocking over a Jack O'Lantern or eating Halloween candy. In the room, give your pet a comfy bed and a few toys or chews, and play soothing music.
If you want your dog with you, make sure to have him on leash. Watch for signs of stress like panting, yawning, lip licking, tucked tail, not eating, and pacing. If you see these signs, put your dog away and let them relax in a room. Lastly, make sure your pets have proper identification in case your pet dashes out of the house.
CPDT-KA and Animal Behavior Consultant