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6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Calm on Halloween

By Colleen Williams
October 30, 2014 • 2 min. read
dog looking at candy bowl

Halloween can be a spooky time, especially for our animals. Before setting out bowls full of off-limits treats and opening the door to a parade of little goblins and ghouls, it’s important to proactively manage your pet’s actions in order to keep everyone safe and happy. Try these quick behavior tips to keep dogs from being spooked:

Designate a candy distributer

Have someone sit outside your house to distribute candy to trick-or-treaters. That way, candy-seeking kiddos won’t have to knock on the door or ring the door bell — and your dog will be much calmer and less noisy for the night.

Image via Flickr user mroutley

Image via Flickr user mroutley

Utilize background noise

Turn on the radio or watch a Halloween movie at a medium volume to help block out the noise of trick-or-treaters.

Image via Canstock

Image via Canstock

Distract your dog with a toy

Give your dog a new chew toy to distract him from the commotion.

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Image via Canstock

Keep candy out of reach

Prevent an unplanned vet visit by keeping candy bowls and treat bags out of reach to avoid your dog devouring something that could make him sick.

Keep your dog away from the front door

Crate your pup in a room as far away from the front door as possible (for particularly skittish dogs, even the basement might be a good idea).

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Image via Canstock

Consider a doggy vacation

As a last resort, consider boarding your dog overnight at a kennel that he adores or leaving him with a friend whose home doesn’t get trick-or-treaters. He’ll be safely away from the Halloween festivities, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the holiday.

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Image via Canstock

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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