Tricks and treats for dog safety this Halloween

By Aura McMenamin

Halloween can be a stressful time for your dog. Fireworks, bright lights and generally ghoulish characters can be hard for all our four legged friends.

Dogs Trust Ireland has provided some tips around getting your dog accustomed to fireworks, safety and what treats you can give your pet.

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It can take a bit of time to get your dog used to the bangs and pops you will most likely hear on Halloween night, and in the days running up to it.

‘Sound Scary’ is an audio file on the Dogs Trust website that acts as sound training for your pooch.

According to the charity, it helps your dog get slowly accustomed to the sounds of fireworks and is scientifically proven to be safe, effective and easy to use.  Check it out here.

However, if your dog has a phobia of loud noises, your best bet is to let them hide under the bed or table, rather than coaxing them out.

Dogs Trust recommends helping them cope rather than trying to train or reward them with treats if they withstand the noise.

Speaking of treats, it can be tempting to make them part of the family and share with your dog. Keep the treats and sweets away from your furry friends. Chocolate, raisins and the sweetener xylitol are poisonous to dogs.

If you suspect your dog has eaten anything he shouldn’t, you should call your local veterinary practice immediately.

Dogs Trust recommends getting your dog a Kong, jam packed with tasty goodies, which will help keep them distracted.

Pet owners should also think twice about not taking their dogs on a trick or treat outing. The extra excitement around the event and meeting strangers may cause them distress.

If your dog feels scared during Halloween, they may be tempted to bolt. According to the experts, you should walk your dog before it gets dark and the festivities begin.

You should also avoid leaving your dog outside alone and be extra careful when opening the door, in case they escape.

Also, make sure that your dog is wearing a collar and an ID tag and that his microchip details are up to date.

For further details visit www.dogstrust.ie.

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