As quickly as Halloween approaches, just as quickly it is a thing of the past. Take advantage of this hillarious time when the tricks seem to be tricky-er and the treats, treaty-er. During the week of Halloween, we will be giving out treat bags for your pooches in costume! Indeed, bring them by, we would love to see them! If we can manage to coerse a trick out of them then great, if not, we'll pretend. To be fair, we can only expect so much from a rough and tumble dog like yours dressed in a ladybug costume.
Here we go, I'm about to get all responsible on you. Something to keep in mind during Halloween (other than, "should we do the hotdog with musturd or the hotdog with ketchup? I CAN'T DECIDE!) is how to keep your pup safe and happy in all the maddness.
1. Dogs love candy. BUT! Candy doesn't love dogs. In fact, candy and chocolate (as you well know by now being the responsible dog lover you are) is really bad for dogs and can actually be fatal. Keep the candy locked up and out of reach of your dog - same goes for the booze and your teenagers.
2. Dogs love decorations. BUT! Decorations don't love dogs. If your dog is the type to eat garbage, shoes, the phone, garbage, poop, garbage, etc you may find that your dog will also take to eating the plastic spiders in the webbing in your doorway. Also he may take to the following: shiney things, jack-o-lanterns, candles, plastic anything, candy, your shoes, garbage. Try to make sure the decorations are out of your dogs mouth level or at least keep a VERY close eye on him when he's lurking near the table with the scarry pumpkin guy - your dog is probably not playing the part of the vampire you've dressed him as, he's about to munch the scarry pumpkin guy.
3. The doorbell will be ringing quite furiously the night of All-Hallows-Eve. If your dog is good with strangers at the door, this could be a great thing for him, he'll feel useful and important. However, even if your dog an awesome greeter, a gangle of kids at the front door is probably not something he's used to and could be alarming. Make sure you watch for signs of stress and keep your dog at bay if you sense he might be getting irritated.
4. Remember that people in costume are as confusing to your pet as they are to you. Even people they know might be unrecognizable so let them give you a good sniff before going in for the bear hug. And if you think your paw-ty (get it?) is going to get out of paw (get it?!?) plan for your dog to spend the night somewhere safe and less-rowdy.
5. The Costume Issue (if you understood that this was a weak reference to "The Septmeber Issue" a documentary about Anna Winter, the editor in cheif at Vogue, congratulations, you are a fashionista): the thing is, some dogs LOVE dressing up, most tolerate it because they LOVE to see you happy and a few really hate it because although it makes you happy, they feel silly and uncomfortable. Fair. My best advice is to know your dog and don't press the issue. If he's not into it, don't force him to wear a cowboy get-up. And if you do decide to dress up your pooch, make sure that the costume fits properly (not too tight, now) and is free of things that could trip him up (even more embarrassing than wearing the thing).
Likely, on the top of your To-Do list is this: HAVE FUN!!!! YAY!!! WooHoo!!. Us too, just make sure your dog is having dog fun too. Sam, the BoneHouse's resident pug, is dressing as a football. She's mildly excited about this but super pumped to see all your costumes.