Keep your dog Halloween happy with these tail wagging tips

Dogs Trust has shared some tips for keeping your dog safe and calm on Halloween.

According to the animal charity, 52 per cent of dogs are frightened by fireworks.

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52 per cent of dogs are afraid of fireworks 

Speaking ahead of Halloween, Karla Dunne, Head of Operations at Dogs Trust, said: “Halloween can unfortunately be a terrifying and confusing experience for some dogs.

“Dogs’ hearing is approximately four times more sensitive than us humans and they can hear much higher frequency sounds than people, so you can imagine how loud the whizz, pop of fireworks can be for dogs!

“We are people to please think twice about taking their dogs trick or treating as the extra excitement around the event and meeting strangers may cause them distress.”

She added: “We are also reminding people to keep treats and sweets away from furry friends.

“Chocolates, raisins, grapes and the sweetener xylitol are toxic to dogs.

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“If you suspect your dog has eaten anything he shouldn’t, please call your local veterinary practice immediately and always store their out of hours’ emergency number on your phone.”

Top Tips to keep your dog Halloween happy...

Walk your dog before it gets dark to avoid fireworks and flashing lights and to make sure he is well exercised and has had a toilet break before the fireworks begin.

Feed your dog before the fireworks begin as he may become unsettled and not want to eat during the fireworks.

Provide a safe hiding place – at noisy times around Halloween, make sure your dog has somewhere safe in his or her favourite room, perhaps under the table. Close the curtains, turn the lights on, and turn up the volume on your TV or radio to drown out the firework noises.

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Find a safe hiding place for your dog 

Don’t leave your dog alone outdoors during the Halloween period, scared dogs can make desperate attempts to escape and there is the danger of him being injured.

Be extra careful when opening the door as your dog may escape. If possible, try to ensure there is another closed door between your dog and your front door. 

Never force your dog to wear a dog costume – loosely tied festive doggie bandanas are usually more acceptable for dogs.

Do not force your dog to receive any unwanted attention even from family members, as they may not recognise people in costumes.

Make sure that your dog is wearing a collar and an ID tag and that his microchip details are up to date in case he escapes.

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