As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, here at Little Rascals Pets Limited we would like to warn dog owners about how traumatic this time of year can be for dogs and other pets.
The run up to Halloween and 5th November can be two of the noisiest times of year and we urge dog owners to remember that this can be a stressful time for your four-legged friends. Halloween can mean a lot of unusual noisy and seeing children and adults in costumes can make your dog unsure and stressed. This then is followed by the loud bangs and flashes created by fireworks which although can be exciting for humans can be very frightening for dogs, and owners will need to plan ahead to keep their dog safe and avoid negative incidents, such as a dog running away or acting aggressively out of fear.
Fireworks, people in costumes knocking on the door, flashes of light and other things that dogs would not normally experience can be terrifying for dogs and could result in them behaving unpredictably which could put their safety, or the safety of people, at risk.
It is important to remember that Halloween can be a very frightening time for dogs. We would advise dog owners to walk their dog before trick or treaters start their rounds and keep a firm grip on the lead as many dogs are frightened by people in costumes and could potentially react aggressively through fear.
In the run up to Bonfire Night, try and be prepared to support you dog in comforting them by playing a sound CD with firework noises or firework sound videos on Youtube at a low level to let your dog get used to the sound in the background. On Bonfire Night itself, it’s best to close the curtains and turn the television or radio up and try to behave as normally as possible to encourage your dog to do the same.