30 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Help Your Small Dog Adjust to Halloween Visitors

By making Halloween and fun experience we can help our dogs greet new people at the door like this one waiting for trick or treaters. Photo courtesy tex-anne, Flickr Follow Me on Pinterest

By making Halloween a fun experience we can help our dogs greet new people at the door like this one waiting for trick or treaters. Photo courtesy tex-anne, Flickr

“I don’t who this human is mom and dad. Alert, alert! Woof!”

The doorbell rings and outside are new people your fur baby(s) isn’t too sure about. Here are some great tips on how to help your small dog adjust to Halloween visitors and prepare them for the upcoming holiday season.

Help Your Small Dog Adjust to Halloween Visitors

The holiday season is upon us — and by “us,” I mean both our human and our canine families. Dogs are affected by changes in their environments, and from October through the new year, dogs will experience many changes in their homes with visitors, celebrations, and highly distracted humans. Prepare and protect your canine best friend from these environmental changes.

 

Let’s look at protecting dogs from what can be overwhelming human activity. This is the first line of offense for keeping your dog calm and content. The following kinds of dogs need to be kept away from large gatherings, preferably in another room or crate (if they are properly accustomed to and like being in a crate), far from the hubbub, with classical music used to block noise and with an excellent, long-lasting, safe chew toy:

  • Shy dogs
  • Noise-phobic dogs
  • Aggressive dogs
  • Reactive dogs
  • Elderly or really young dogs (they can be part of the festivities but in smaller doses)
  • Untrained dogs who jump on guests

What kind of dog can handle large crowds of festive humans? Some days I think the answer is none! Even if you do have a happy-go-lucky, loves-every-human dog, he too needs some quiet time during the holiday season. Read more about Dogs and Halloween in How to Prepare Your Dog for Holiday Guests here.

Sometimes a ring at the doorbell can drive our pets crazy, especially when there a lot of people stopping by. With these smart tips you can help your small dog adjust to Halloween visitors as well as guests coming over during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

How do you help your dog meet new people?

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