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Preparing Your Pups for a Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween is TUESDAY and while it’s a thrilling time for humans, it can be a bit bewildering for our furry friends. The costumes, decorations, and visitors can create a spooky atmosphere that may leave your dogs feeling a bit unsettled. To ensure a fun and stress-free Halloween for your canine companions, follow these tips to prepare them for the big day.

Practice dressing up in their costume beforehand: If you plan to dress up your dogs in Halloween costumes, it’s a good idea to get them used to the attire beforehand. Most dogs are not accustomed to wearing costumes, so it’s essential to introduce the costumes gradually. Start with short sessions and positive reinforcement, gradually extending the time they spend in their costumes. Ensure that the costume is comfortable and safe for your furry friend.

Costume Safety: When selecting a costume for your dog, prioritize safety and comfort. Make sure it doesn’t restrict their movement or impede their vision, hearing, or breathing. Avoid costumes with small, detachable parts that could be swallowed. Remember, not all dogs enjoy dressing up, so if they seem uncomfortable or stressed, it’s perfectly fine to skip the costume.

Pet-Friendly Decorations: Decorations can add an exciting atmosphere to your Halloween festivities, but they can also be overwhelming for your dogs. Be cautious with decorations that might pose a threat to your furry friends. Keep items like candles, fake cobwebs, and small decorations out of their reach to prevent accidents.

Secure the Candy: Halloween candy, especially chocolate and items sweetened with xylitol, can be toxic to dogs. Make sure all candy is kept well out of their reach. Tell your guests to do the same and be extra cautious with kids who may want to share treats with your pets. If you want to indulge your dogs, opt for pet-friendly treats or create homemade treats that won’t harm them.

Respect Their Space: Halloween can be a noisy and bustling time, which may frighten your dogs. Create a safe and quiet space for them, complete with their bedding and toys. Playing soothing music or using a white noise machine can help mask the sounds of Halloween activities.

If you have a doggo who is reactive to new sounds or lots of people, consider boarding for Halloween! Vera’s Posh Paws has availability for your dog to come spend Halloween with us in a safe and secure facility, away from all the jump scares and spooky sounds. Call us today to reserve your spot!

Halloween should be a fun and enjoyable time for everyone, including your furry family members. By taking the necessary precautions and following these tips, you can ensure that your dogs have a safe and stress-free Halloween. Remember to prioritize their comfort and well-being, and have a spooktacular celebration together!

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