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Trick-or-Treat: Stop Dog Bites at Halloween

Pet HalloweenYou may have the sweetest and best behaved dog in the whole world, but Halloween brings out the scary in everyone and this includes your dog. It is not uncommon for normally non-aggressive dogs to get aggressive with all the trick-or-treaters. When your dog see’s all the kids in costumes it can get down right scary for them. But lets keep the scary to the costumes and makeup and not the dog attacks.

How to Keep Your Dog Safe From Biting Trick-o-Treaters

  • Keep your dog in their crate, or in a back room that is far away from the front door.
  • Give him something to chew on, like a Kong.
  • Leave on music or the tv for them to listen to. It drowns out the noise of all the kids.
  • Close the drapes so your dog can’t see all the people walking around outside.
  • If the doorbell causes a lot of stress, try disconnecting it so people have to knock, or just keep a close eye on the door and answer it before they get a chance to ring.
  • If your dog is not use to being dressed up, putting them in a costume can be stressful. ¬†If they look uncomfortable or are biting at the costume, try changing it to something they will like more. A stressed out dog is more likely to bite.
  • Not all kids are good with dogs. Not all costumes are good around dogs. A child, or their costume, can unintentionally¬†provoke a dog and lead to a nip or a bit, even if it was meant to be playful. It is better to keep them away from the children.


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