Halloween can fun full of excitement for the entire family, including your pet. In this edition of Pet Pointers, YNN's Lisa Chelenza offers tips to keep your pet safe on Halloween night.
Trick or treating from door to door is fun for families, and for those handing out the candy. However, it may be a little scary or intimidating for some pets.
If your dog barks at every noise coming from your front door, you may need to make some adjustments. Keep your dog in a room far away from the front door with another adult. This will help them feel safe and may cut down on barking every time there is a knock at the door.
Before you head out to trick or treat, consider your pets leash manners. If your dog pulls or jumps while on leash, and you have difficulty controlling your dog, Halloween night is not the time to get more practice.
There will be far too many distractions and it could be potentially dangerous for you, your dog, and trick or treaters. You could be tangled in their leash, trip and fall, or be dragged into traffic if your dog becomes fixated on something across the road.
Some dogs who are normally well behaved and friendly may show fear or aggression at the sight of a mask, glasses, a hat or blinking lights. Animals like to see your face and eyes, so be cautious when wearing a mask around dogs, and if they growl remove the mask.
Never leave your dog outside unsupervised, and bring cats inside on Halloween night. Pets can be injured or stolen any time of year, but when there is additional traffic and activity in your neighborhood, they are much safer inside.
Remember not all dogs like visitors or a lot of stress, and many would prefer to stay in a quiet room with a favorite toy and relax.