Halloween is finally here dog owners and dog sitters! Hopefully all your terrors and treats prepared and in order. Today on Rover we want to talk about an issue that some dog owners face during the holidays with their pooches. One of my good friends hosted a great Halloween party Saturday night and everyone attending had a blast. However, one notable guest was missing, her 1 year old black lab/Newfoundland mix puppy. When I asked her about she explained she was so concerned about her puppy getting frightened from so many people she decided to leave her dog in the care of someone else for the night. Though her puppy was with her parents instead of a great Seattle dog boarding facility, to me, I saw the Halloween party as a great opportunity to train the puppy and socialize it.
Now I am not saying dog owners need to devote the entire night of Halloween to training their dog. Humans are entitled to fun just like their dogs during holidays after all. However, Halloween does offer some unique opportunities to start training a well-behaved and controllable pooch. First, one of the biggest obstacles facing new puppy owners is socializing them to new people and more importantly other dogs. If you are not taking your pooch to a pet exclusive Halloween party a human Halloween party is great as well. The key is to expose your four legged friend to a plethora of new sights, sounds, and smells so they start to learn the world is much bigger than you and your house/apartment.
If you are staying in for Halloween then trick-or-treaters are a great opportunity as well to socialize your pup or the puppy you are dog sitting. When you are handing out candy ask if they would like to meet your puppy and explain that you are trying to socialize it. Remember you just gave these strangers candy so it is more like a fair trade and who would say no to an adorable puppy. If the trick-or-treaters say no just wish them a good night (someone might be allergic to dogs) and just wait for the next group.
Alright Rover-ites! As always stay safe this Halloween holiday and enjoy it with your pooch.