WESTCHESTER, N.Y. - Halloween is enjoyed by children and adults alike, but it can be scary and dangerous for your dog. Here are a few proactive Halloween safety tips for your dog.
- Do not leave your pet in the yard alone on Halloween. Dogs should be kept indoors on Halloween and only taken out on a leash to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately, there are many horrible stories of animals being teased, injured and stolen on Halloween night.
- Dog costumes can be an unnecessary stressor and are not for every dog. Only dress your dog in an appropriately fitted costume if they are completely comfortable with it. A too restrictive costume that obstructs their view can cause even the nicest dog to snap, growl or show aggression if they can’t clearly see what is going on.
- Most people open their door frequently on Halloween night to greet trick-or-treaters. Each time you open your door, it is one more chance for your dog to escape. Help prevent your dog from running away by placing them in another room that is safe to stay in for the evening.
Halloween is a fun and exciting evening for humans, but let’s make sure we keep our dogs happy and safe this Oct. 31.
Daylight saving time on Nov. 6 will not only be an adjustment for you, but it will affect your dog as well. Make this transition easier by gradually adjusting your dog's schedule a week before the time change. Move these aspects of your dog’s routine back 10 minutes each day: feeding times, daily walks, play time, sleep schedule and your arrival/departure times for work (if possible).
Slow and gradual adjustments will make daylight saving time easier and less stressful for you and your dog.
Steve Reid is a certified dog trainer and owner of Somers-based S.R. Dog Training, which services Westchester and Putnam Counties. For more information about S. R. Dog Training, visit srdogtraining.com or call 914-774-7654.