We have come up with three ways to entertain & distract your dog on Halloween because we know Halloween night can be a frightening time for our pups. When the little goblins, princesses, monsters and superheroes are out having a great time, your dog may be indoors cowering in a corner or barking frenetically at the door or windows. It can be extremely distressing for our pups.
Whether you answer the door to the trick-or-treaters or if you and your dog(s) spend the evening in your bedroom with the lights off, the doors bolted and the shades are drawn, we can help you get through Halloween in comfort and ease.
Entertain & Distract Your Dog On Halloween
Turn off the outdoor lights and go into a room that’s away from the door. This may be your only way to get through Halloween, and that’s okay! You know your dog and her personality well enough that you know what you have to do to keep her from being frightened. Did you know that Halloween night is one of the most active times of the year for dogs (and cats) to go missing? (July 4 is the first most active). Because bolting out the door may be your dog’s reaction to the trick-or-treaters knocking, you may be better served to kick back, relax, snuggle your pup and watch television together. In fact, grab a FREE trial of DOGTV today and you and your dog can watch that together when the trick-or-treaters are out and about.
Play games. If you want to open the door for the trick-or-treaters, and let’s face it, it is fun seeing those little children and seeing how excited they are. You also don’t want to be the house that doesn’t want to hand out candy do you? If your dog is afraid of the sights and sounds, but you want to hand out candy, ask a friend or family member to come over and distract your dog by playing games. Keep the dogs away from the door and play his favorite game of fetch with him. Tire him out and keep him entertained and he may not even pay attention to the children at the door.
Keep the dogs indoors and greet the trick-or-treaters at the end of the driveway. One way to keep your dogs calm and distracted is by heading the children off at the pass! If they aren’t knocking at the door, your dog may never notice they’re there. Some adults will dress in costume and sit in a lawn chair at the end of the driveway, greet the children and distribute candy. If you love to dress up, want to keep your dog away from the trick-or-treaters and hand out candy, use this method. Note: Because of your dog’s keen hearing, he will be able to hear the exciting squeals of the children and to keep him calm, turn on DOGTV to relax and entertain him while you’re outdoors.
Bonus tips! If you have a puppy you want to get accustomed to strangers at the door, you can do that before Halloween. Slowly socialize her to people coming to the door. If she sees that you are calm and welcoming to someone at the door, she will relax, too.
Teach your puppy to sit and stay in a space away from the door, but where she can still see what’s going on. Reward and praise her for her sit and stay while you’re practicing opening the door to a “stranger.” On Halloween, and even at other times, It might be wise to keep your puppy or dog on a leash when you’re answering the door — even the most well-trained pup could get spooked and bolt for the door. You don’t want your pup running off into the dark of night, especially when there will be so much foot traffic on Halloween.
Get out of town. You may need to simply get out of your house and away from the sights and sounds of Halloween. Some pet parents will leave their homes on July 4 and New Year’s Eve to get away from the sound of fireworks. Find a friend or family who doesn’t have trick-or-treaters at the door and go spend a few hours at their house. In fact, having a play date at your home with a few friends with their dogs may distract your dog enough that you can enjoy the company of your friends and still greet the trick-or-treaters!
Above all: Have fun on Halloween!