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Australian Shepherd Lovers Newsletter -- Halloween Safety Tips
October 15, 2015

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Hi Everyone,

With Halloween coming up soon I just wanted to mention that it can be a lot of fun, but it can also be frightening for dogs. With all the yelling of halloweeners, the door bell repeatedly ringing and other loud noises it can create high anxiety and even panic in our pets.

If possible, you can keep them in a room away from most of the chaos and leave a radio or television on there to help cover the noise.

Also, be sure to keep your Aussie from getting into the candies. Of course, sugar is not good for dogs and chocolate can be downright dangerous. Just keep dog treats on hand so they can join in the festivities.

While your dog may usually be very well behaved at the door, the strangeness of Halloween, with many children in costumes, could cause your dog to behave in an out-of-character manner. Even a small nip to a child by an anxious dog can result in serious legal consequences—not to mention what can happen if a serious bite occurs.

For safety's sake it might be a good idea to keep them indoors for the duration. If they need to go out into the yard to do their business, go with them and supervise. You don't want them to be frightened at something and bolt out of the yard on Halloween.

Speaking of being out of the yard—it might be best to leave them at home if you go out trick-or-treating. There is too much opportunity for an unexpected aggressive response from your dog. This can be especially true if your dog also has a costume on and you encounter another dog. This can inhibit the usual signaling that goes on when dogs meet and result in a fight.

I'm not saying you can't do any of those things and still be safe but be aware of the potential problems and stay ahead of any trouble.


~ Anton

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