Dog Anxiety on Halloween

Dog Anxiety on Halloween

When it comes to Halloween, it’s natural for many dogs to feel anxious or on edge. The sudden appearance of strange creatures can be an alarming experience for them, and their instinct is to flee from danger – even if the danger is a bunch of humans dressed as witches, skeletons, or vampires.

That’s why it’s important to give your dog plenty of positive experiences with spooky costumes and other Halloween decorations before October 31 rolls around.  With that in mind, here are some ways you can help your dog stay calm on this spooky night.

1. Keep your dog in his safe place

The first thing you should do when you see trick-or-treaters at the door is to keep your dog in his safe place. By keeping your pup in a quiet, low-stimulation place, you can reduce the anxious feelings that will come with having strangers in your home. If you don’t have a specific “safe place” set up for your dog, consider a room with low foot traffic and minimal noise. This can be anywhere in your home, but the most important thing is to create a safe space where your dog can feel comfortable and be undisturbed.

2. Don’t force interaction

Many dogs experience stress and anxiety when forced to interact with humans or other animals they don’t know. If someone at the door is greeted by a barking, lunging dog, the experience is likely to be negative for both parties. You can prevent this by creating a “welcome policy” for Halloween visitors. Tell your neighbors in advance that you will have your dog in a “quiet” setting until he has had time to get comfortable with their presence. If your dog does end up barking or lunging, don’t scold him or try to force him to interact. Instead, keep him on his leash and in your control, and let him know that he’s done something wrong by saying “no” in a firm voice.

3. Play Halloween music

If you want to try something a bit more unconventional, why not try playing Halloween music while your dog is in the house? This can help ease your dog’s anxiety by giving his brain a positive association with the sounds he is hearing. The music you choose doesn’t have to be anything spooky – it can be anything that has a positive association with your dog. If your dog loves the sound of trickling water, you could play recordings of rainfall while he’s indoors. If you play music, use a low volume so that it doesn’t become too distracting. You want the music to be present, but not so loud that it becomes chaotic and overstimulating.

4. Give your dog a treat

Another trick that can help ease your dog’s anxiety is treating him with a tasty snack. Many dogs experience anxiety and stress when they hear strange noises, see strange people, or smell unusual scents. Feeding your dog a treat will help him to associate the strange sights and sounds with something positive. You can even make your dog-friendly treats for Halloween if you have time. You can find a ton of recipes for “pumpkin dog treats” online if you want to give something special to your pup.

5. Use a calming supplement

If none of the methods mentioned above aren’t to your liking, a straightforward way of keeping your dog calm is to use a calming supplement, which you can also find on our website. PointPet Hemp Calming supports dogs with stress and anxiety, helping them maintain a sense of relaxation and mental alertness. Delicious soft chews, made of high-quality premium ingredients, are a sure hit among every type of dog - even the ones who tend to be picky eaters.

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Halloween can be stressful for dogs who are used to quiet, daily routines. To help your dog relax, keep him away from the door during trick-or-treat hours, play low-volume Halloween music, and give him tasty treats. You can also celebrate your dog’s bravery with a special treat or chew when the night is over.