September '17 Magazines 89138 - Page 48

There are some dogs that revel in costumes and appear to be rock solid when any costume comes to the door. You may think that they will do just fine. And you could be right. But what if you’re not? You only need to be wrong once and that could result in someone getting bitten or your dog dashing out the door and getting lost or hit by a car. For those who are tak- ing their kids out trick or treating and think that combining the neighborhood stroll with the dog’s evening walk is a good idea, think again. Besides encountering all manner of ghosts, goblins and unexpected bumps in the night, many houses may be tricked out in noise-making ghoulish designs, creating a more unstable environment for your pup. Sequester the Sweets Whether it's excessive sugar, chocolate, nuts or some other ingredient, you can pretty much assume that anything and everything found in kids' Halloween candy bags ranges from problematic to fatal for dogs. It’s not just the candy; it’s the wrappers and containers in which the candy comes, many of which can contain toxic materials or will obstruct your pup’s- bowels if swallowed. Keep any candy you’re giving out off the floor and in a closed container that’s away from prying noses, and do not leave the candy unattended as the most mischie- vous of dogs might figure out how to get those containers open. If you have kids who are bringing home bags of candy, make sure that candy is put away safely. Guard the Gates Normally it's your pup's job to alert at the door and help mind the home. Not on Halloween. This is a night to ensure your dog is safely secured in a room inside the house, not in the yard. Mischief does get done on Halloween, and whether your dog gets spooked and gets out of the yard or dashes out the door, this is a holiday rife with opportunity for petrified pups to get away. Much as you'd do on July 4th or New Year's Eve, put your pup into an interior room of the house. If no interior room without windows is available, at least make sure the blinds are drawn and windows are closed. Playing some soothing music in the space will also block out noise and keep them calm. Another great option (depending on the weather) is to set up a table outside your home with the candy and hang out there to dole out the goods. This prevents incessant ring- ing of your doorbell, which can serve as a sensitive trigger for some dogs.