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How to keep your dog safe this Halloween and fireworks night

PUBLISHED: 16:10 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:11 11 October 2018

A dog wearing a Halloween costume. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A dog wearing a Halloween costume. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Here’s what to do to keep your canine calm through autumn’s festivities

Halloween and fireworks night can be a stressful time for dogs. The strange costumes, loud noises, doorbells ringing, smoky smells and spooky decorations prove anxiety inducing for many animals. These are some of the things you can do to help them avoid being spooked and to make sure fireworks night goes off with a bang and not a whimper.

Give them a quiet space away from the noise

If the doorbell sets your dog off then it’s a good idea to set them up a quiet space in a room as far away from the door as possible on Halloween night, as trick-or-treaters may come calling. While it might be harder to isolate your pet from the noise of fireworks, it will still help them stay calm if they have their own space to go to and you can play some relaxing music to help drown out other noises. Keep the curtains drawn too to limit flashes of light and other distressing sights for your dog.

Keep the sweets in a safe place

Halloween candy is a treat for children but can be deadly to dogs. Chocolate is especially toxic to canines but you don’t want them eating anything from the trick-or-treat stash. To avoid a trip to the vets make sure you keep all goodies in a secure place well out of reach of your pet.

Keep them inside after dark

During Halloween and fireworks night it’s best to keep your pets inside at night if they are at all nervous as this is when most of the activity occurs. It’s kinder to keep your pet indoors where they are less likely to get overwhelmed and there may be a risk of them bolting and running away out of fear if they aren’t secure.

Give them a toy to play with

Distraction is a good tactic when trying to keep your dog calm. Give your dog their favourite toy for comfort or something new and engaging to keep them busy rather than letting them focus on what’s going on outside.

Stay calm around your dog

Seeing your pet in distress can be very upsetting, but one of the most important things you can do for your dog’s stress levels is remaining calm yourself. Speak to your dog in a calm and soothing tone when they’re nervous and reassure them through your own calm body language.

How do you keep your pets calm during stressful events? Let us know in the comments.

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