BDarris Cooper, CPDT-KA, FFCP*
(NAPSI) — Early sunsets, colorful leaves and cool temperatures usher in a new fall season filled with delicious fall flavors, cherished traditions, and new festivities, all of which can have important implications to consider for beloved pets. Whether you plan to dress up in matching costumes for your pup for a night on the town or snuggle up with your cat at home after handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, Halloween is a great opportunity to bond with furry family members while you take care of them. Health and wellness in general. Follow these tips to help keep pets safe and happy for Halloween and the festive fall season ahead:
• Make safety a priority: Brushing up on certain behaviors can help pets and pet parents feel ready to enjoy the evening festivities. Pets can be intimidated by masks and costumes, so by preparing pets and their environments ahead of time, pet parents can help ensure safety and build confidence in their pets’ ability to function through the scary sights and sounds that can come with the Halloween season. Keep Halloween treats and decorations like candy, chocolate, and fake cobwebs away, as they can all be toxic to dogs. If a pet accidentally swallows poisonous food or other substances, contact a veterinarian or veterinarian. Pet Poison Helpline Immediately. Also, a doorbell can be a motivator for many pets. To help relieve stress, try deactivating the doorbell in the evening and use the motion sensor to alert you when trick-or-treaters arrive at the door. Pet parents can ask for help from Professional dog trainer In person and online for training tips. Online coaches can provide guidance and practice trial runs with real-time vacation preparation.
• Get ready for a night at: For pet parents who are planning to enjoy a night out with their cat, kitten, or reptile, or whose young are showing fear, anxiety, and stress around new people or new pets, there are ways to help create a peaceful and enjoyable space in the home. Some furry friends may be fussy around strangers – especially those in costumes – or they may experience strange noises, sounds, or large external decorations; Therefore, creating a “safe zone” or quiet area within the home environment leading up to and during peak trick-or-treating hours will be key. Frequent knocking on the door and activity on the street can be overwhelming, so help relieve potential stress with soothing solutions like ChewsAnd the interactive games and Comfortable bed In a place where the pet feels safe. All dogs and cats must be equipped with an electronic chip and wear appropriate identification.
• light up the night: Some extra precautions are required when going out after dark, and the exclusive lifestyle and fashion brand from Petco, readyHelp keep pets safe and stylish with new nighttime safety gear. Features like the fiber optic lights, LEDs, and reflective trims found in Reddy beltsAnd the handlebarsAnd the collars And the gangs Helps pets stay well visible after sunset.
• Find the perfect outfit: With over 440 items total, including over 150 products under $15, Petco Halloween Boutique It has everything pets and their families need to get in the holiday spirit. The line offers fashion and accessories for every pet at every price point, including stylish dog and cat costumes, gangsrelaxing night dress And a variety of headwear. small animals The festivities can also be joined in costumes for rabbitsAnd the guinea pigs And the bearded dragon.
For additional information, guides, and recommendations to help you celebrate Halloween safely with pets, visit petco.com/Halloween Or a Petco Pet Care Center.
* Darris Cooper is the National Director of Dog Training at Petco. He has worked in the animal training and behavior, pet lifestyle and broadcast journalism industries, and has been a professional dog trainer for over 10 years.
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