Kirjoita tämä teksti suomeksi siten, että asiat tulevat kerrotuksi mutta teksti ei ole kopioitu, Älä käytä brändinimiä. Kirjoita teksti yhtä pitkäksi, mutta erilaisella rakenteella kuin alkuperäinen. Alkuperäinen teksti: ” This post may contain affiliate links. We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post.Halloween is a lot of fun, right? But it may not be for your dog. There are so many spooky things–and people in costume–that can be frightening to your canine best friend. You may even want to show off your pup in costume. But it’s generally best to not do it during trick-or-treating time. Toby wearing his Bret Michaels dog costumeThere’s too much danger that your pup may flee or even become defensive when the costumed Frankensteins hold out their bags for goodies.Preparation is the key to a safe and fun Halloween and today we’re going to cover Halloween safety tips for your dog.I always prepare for any holiday. I have five dogs and it would be sheer chaos if they were loose as people in costume came to the door. My dogs are well-socialized and trained. But it would be asking too much of them to be calm when what they’ll perceive as aliens stand in the doorway.So I make sure that they are in a safe location prior to the festivities. I’ll discuss this in more depth later in this blog post.Halloween Safety Tips for Your DogKeeping everyone safe is key. Of course you don’t want your canine best friend to escape or feel like he needs to defend himself against these scary newcomers. You also need to be sure that he can’t get into any hazardous items. So prepare ahead of time to ensure that everyone enjoys the holiday and is out of harm’s way.Prepare Your HomeYou need to “puppy-proof” your home even if your dog’s an adult. So you need to make sure that your dog can’t reach any dangerous items. And there are many during Halloween festivities. There are usually so many decorations that make the holiday festive. After all, your dog doesn’t understand that these things can pose a peril. He may even think some are toys and be drawn to them. So keep treats and other unsafe items out of his reach. These include:Lit candles, including lit jack-o-lanterns, which pose fire hazardsWires, which can also pose fire hazardsGlow sticks and other glow-in-the dark items, which can contain toxic substances if chewedBatteries, which can cause choking or internal injuryPumpkin, which can pose a choking hazard or cause an intestinal blockage. Although dogs can eat the inside and seeds of a pumpkin (not the rind) in small quantities, if the pumpkin is moldy or rotting, it can cause illnessCandy, some of which can contain deadly Xylitol (also called Birch Sugar), which lowers blood sugar to dangerous levels. Even candy with sugar can be a choking hazard or cause a blockage. And candy corn–a staple of Halloween festivities–can cause gastrointestinal problems and severe diarrhea and vomitingChocolate, which is extremely toxic to dogs because it contains theobromine, a substance that dogs have a hard time digestingOther goodies, nuts, such as macadamia, can be toxic to dogs. Even a small amount can cause weakness, tremors, and lethargy. Apple cores and their seeds can be deadly if ingested. Apple seeds actually release cyanide after being eaten!Candy wrappers made of paper, cellophane, or foil can pose a choking hazard or cause an intestinal blockageDecorations and costumes, which can pose a choking hazard or cause a blockage if chewed. Or the paint or item itself may be poisonous to dogs.Fog machines, which can contain toxic solutionsIf for some reason you believe that your dog has been exposed to a harmful or poisonous object, substance, or edible item, call the ASPCA Poison Control Center for advice, at 1-888-426–4435. Or call and go to your nearest veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Have Your Dog in a “Safe Space”There are so many odd things that accompany Halloween–the noises, the strangely-costumed people knocking at the door or ringing at the door, and the weird decorations (some which are animated and seem to be alive).So it’s best to have a safe space ready for your pup during trick-or-treating time or even during a holiday party that you may be hosting.Just picture this spectacle from your dog’s perspective. He could either be scared out of his wits and want to flee from the invaders. Or he may become defensive–and aggressive–trying to protect you, himself, and his home.So have a room far from the festivities set up for him. You should get him used to this confinement for a few weeks prior to Halloween if he’s not used to it. Depending on your dog, you can leave the door to the room closed or put up a non-moveable gate blocking the entrance to the door. Some dogs do better looking out whereas others do better without the visuals.Make sure that the room is cozy for your pup. You can have a favorite bed and safe, favorite toys waiting for him. Have a stuffed frozen Kong or Toppl waiting for him. And safe puzzle toys. He can have his own party!If being alone is too much for him during this time, have someone he knows and is bonded to keep him company.There are fun ways that you can keep your dog entertained indoors.To block the noise, you can have a TV, music, or white noise playing.Some dogs may be fine in a crate or exercise pen that they’re used to. Make sure that he’s used to the confinement and that the crate is welcoming. Even socialized, well-trained, friendly dogs can easily dart out a door. So it’s better to be safe than sorry.I keep my dogs in the family room, which is in the back of our house, during Halloween. They’re used to being there and it’s no big deal to them. They don’t even realize that anything odd’s happening. And they’re safe and can’t dart out the front door.My dogs with activity toys in the family roomShould Your Dog Go Trick-or-Treating?It’s not advisable for your dog to go with you trick-or-treating. He would be subject to all of the scary ghouls and decorations that he would face at home. When a dog is in fight-or-flight mode, he can easily escape from a collar or harness. And he could flee from the area. So don’t take the chance. You can celebrate with him in another way discussed below.My shih tzu China was a very confident dog who loved everyone. I showed her in competitive obedience. And she was a therapy dog. New experiences–such as unusual hospital equipment or people in medical clothes and masks–didn’t faze her.But one day I was out socializing her at a local shopping center and we encountered someone in a weird costume. The person was dressed as the Philly Phanatic, the mascot of a baseball team. It was a large, six-foot-plus creature in a bright green, furry ensemble. To China, he was a large monster. She was terrified and wanted to flee. She had never acted like that before with anything she had faced. So it made me realize how even a well- socialized and trained dog can encounter something unusual and the survival instinct can kick in. By the way, I picked China up so that she couldn’t slip her harness. And we went to another area to continue our walk.Celebrating Halloween with Your DogI know it sounds like Halloween isn’t fun for your canine companion. But there are many ways that you can celebrate the holiday with him. The day before or day after, have a fun training session. Or take him on a sniffari. Or have a session with enrichment toys and activities. You can even have certain Halloween-themed treats to give him. Some pet parents even love to dress their pups in costumes.If you decide to do this, make sure that your pup is fine with handling and wearing a costume. If your dog wears sweaters or coats and is fine with it, then he will probably easily accept wearing most costumes. Get him used to wearing the costume using yummy treats when you put it on him. Sheltie Amber and shih tzu China in costumesMake sure that the costume fits properly and is comfortable. The costume shouldn’t have pieces that can easily be chewed off or it can be a choking hazard or cause blockages. The costume also shouldn’t block the dog’s sight or impede his breathing, hearing, or movement.I used to volunteer at a local hospital with my pet therapy dogs.…
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