How to keep dogs calm on Halloween

Halloween can be so much fun for children and adults, but can be a stressful time for dogs. Children are usually laughing and very excited as they arrive at your front door, this high energy can be stressful for dogs. They are also dressed in costumes, which can be overwhelming and scary for some dogs, as they can look even more threatening to dogs who are protective or reactive to people wearing things out of the ordinary. Below are a few steps that you can take to help reduce their anxiety while trick-or-treaters arrive on your doorstep tonight.

  • Put your dog/s in another room while you and your family members put on your costumes tonight. Remember that dogs can become afraid if they see you wearing something out of the ordinary, like a huge hat or strange Halloween make-up.
  • Take your dog/s out to go potty before trick-or-treaters arrive and put them in a room as far away from the front door as possible, like a bedroom. If your dog is crate trained the crate would be best. 
  • Turn on the TV or a radio in the room so that it helps drown out the noise as the children arrive. Watch for children arriving so that you can be there to answer the door as they walk up and reduce the amount of doorbell rings or knocks. 
  • Give your dog a bone to chew on to help relieve anxiety.
  • Or you may just choose to turn off your porch light and have a quiet night in.