Caissie Canine Instruction: Helping our pets have a Fear Free Halloween
We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful 2.5-year-old Shih Tzu named Yahzi.
It was very nice to run into Paul and Deb Caissie at our Metro store. Paul was quite happy to see how Yahzi reacted to people while we shopped. I assume she had that “passing” grade. Yahzi goes everywhere with us. She brings a smile to both of us continuously.
Long story short we have been going through some tough times in the last few years and Paul helped us out with Yahzi’s training. I’ve known Paul and Deb for 34 years. I have watched Paul move up the ranks with Iron#1 (my favourite). That dog found me up a tree a few times. Thank you, Paul, for being there for us.
Welcome to Doggie Dialogue
I know Halloween is an exciting time of the year for most families, however it can be frightening for your pets.
During Halloween there are so many more sights and sounds and this can create high anxiety for our pets. The number one sound that creates anxiety for our dogs is the constant ringing of the doorbell.
We recommend, if you can, to disconnect your doorbell just for the evening, this would help.
Some of our clients will sit in their garage to hand out the Halloween treats and enjoy the festivities, therefore easing their pet’s anxiety.
During Halloween I know friends/family will often try to “scare” or “prank” each other and it can be a lot of fun, but not for pets. A frightful costume or mask can make your pets skittish and afraid; we do not recommend it.
Besides the doorbell and scary costumes, another concern is your pets may dart out the door, when the kids arrive. We recommend to crate or put your dog/pets in another room with their bed and favourite toys to prevent them from darting out into the street.
Lastly please keep the Halloween candy away from your inquisitive pets. Every year the vet’s office is full of pets that have gorged themselves on the Halloween candy. This will cause upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea in your pets.
Please have a fun, but safe Halloween.