October 9, 2009

Trick Not Treat

I’ve never really like Halloween, even as a child. All the people dressed up in weird and sometimes scary costumes hiding their true identity. It just rubs me the wrong way. So how do you think our canine friends perceive all the ghosts and ghouls? Many costumes can be down right scary to a dog, even the most social hound can be put off by a mummy. Just the idea of the door bell ringing over and over or the constant knocks at the door brings images of dogs that are so totally stressed. The best thing to do this Halloween is give your dog a tasty bone or Kong stuffed with something really yummy and close them in a bedroom, study, crate or other safe place away from the busy front door. Put a T.V. or some music on for them to drown out the noise of screaming children and ringing doorbells. Even dogs with the best temperament around children should be carefully supervised when costumes and candy are present. A stressed dog reacts in ways he otherwise would not and we all know that candy and dogs don’t mix. And let's talk about all those doggie Halloween costume contests...I’m not saying you shouldn’t dress your dog up in some silly outfit, but be sure your dog is not miserable. Most dogs do not like to be confined and most do not like wearing hats or “things” around their heads/faces. If your dog is the exception to the rule then have at it, but be sure it is what your dog wants, not just what you want.

Does this dog look happy?

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I train dogs using positive reinforcement training to modify unwanted behaviors.  I step outside the traditional training box and use therapeutic-grade essential oils to assist in my behavior modification regime when it comes to dogs plagued with fear and anxiety as well as aggression.  My philosophy is to heal the dog's mind, body and spirit, not just to rid the dog of unacceptable behaviors.  I specialize in shelter dog rehab, reactive rover, and fearful fidos.