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Poop Out Your Pup Another great strategy for Halloween (and any other holiday, big event or party around your home to which your dog might be exposed) is to ensure Fido gets plenty of mental and physical stimulation during the day. If your pup attends a daycare facility with any regularity, see if you can throw in even a half-day session so that your pup is tired out by the time trick or treaters start wandering the streets. If you don’t feel that your home has a good place to isolate your pup, and you live in an area with particularly heavy trick or treating, you may even want to consider having your pup do a sleep- over pawty at their favorite boarding facility so they are somewhere safe and secure. Halloween is great fun for the humans in your family, but don’t assume that your pup will be okay with it. Make sure the holiday is enjoyable for everyone, and if you missed a chance to parade your pup in a costume–there's always next year! ◆ Cathy Brooks is the owner of The Hydrant Club. Known as a “canine conversationalist,” her focus is teaching people to communicate with their dogs in a language the dog already understands. For information on classes, contact her at 702-721-WOOF (9663) or visit www.hydrantclub.com.