Although Halloween is not the most popular holiday in the US, it sure feels like it is really close. As soon as Labor Day weekend is over, all the Halloween decorations, costumes, and candy start to appear in the stores. You walk into Home Depot and the first thing you see are twelve-foot-high ghosts, witches, and Frankenstein Monsters.
We love scary things and love to be scared. But, what do our dogs feel about the entire event? Let’s think about this for a moment. All year long I have talked to you about keeping your dog safe, secure, and happy. I have focused on the ideas of consistency, repetition, and bonding relationships.
Halloween is not a time where any of these things take place. All of a sudden, our dog’s world is turned upside down and our actions, in our dog’s eyes, are completely nuts. This does not make him a happy camper. All the social actions that he needs to experience to maintain his appropriate state of mind are instantly gone and replaced with everything that tells him that “all is not good”.
As responsible dog owners, we cannot allow this to happen to our dog. But, as family members with children and “adults that act like children”, we really want to take part of all the scary and weird things that Halloween festivities often offer.
On top of all these things, we have been thrown a “special problem” for 2020. We need to decide if we are even going to have a Halloween. If we do, we need to make sure that we can have a good time while affirming that everyone will be happy and remain well.
So we need to have happy and safe dogs while worrying about COVID. Sounds impossible, but it is not. Robin and I have a great dog training article that can allow you to have the best Halloween ever. Please take a look at our dog training blog titled “What Are Some Halloween Tips for an Already Scary Year”.