Scary costumes, ringing doorbells, and new people can make your pet extra spooked on Halloween. Here are some tips to help prevent them from becoming scaredy cats on the spookiest day of the year.
- Keep pets away from the front door. With the door constantly being opened to scary costumes and new people, it can be an easy opportunity for your pet to sneak out. Make sure they are wearing a collar with tags just in case they try to make a run for it!
- Give them plenty of exercise before trick-or-treating starts. A good way to keep pets calm during stressful times is to make sure their physical needs are met. Bring them for a long walk, play fetch, or train a new trick.
- Put on their favorite movie, music, or sound machine. If your pet is particularly stressed with visitors at the door, help drown out the extra noise. A distraction like music, a movie, or a sound machine can help them relax. Here’s 8 hours of relaxing music you can play for your pet.
- Give pets a calming supplement 30 minutes before you expect trick-or-treating to start. Our Busy Butter calming peanut butter (for dogs) and Calming chews (for cats and dogs) use proven ingredients to help relieve stress and promote relaxation. Calming chew recommended dosages are safe to double or triple as needed.
- Distract them with toys or treats. Here is just another excuse to spoil your fur family members with a new chew, tug, or treat-dispensing toy. Giving them something exciting to do can help distract them from spooky visitors.
Halloween is a fun time of year for us but can be overwhelming for pets. Are there other tips you have that we missed? Tag us on Instagram @petnaturals and let us know what helps your pets stay calm during Halloween.