Tonawanda News — Having a designated caregiver in the room to interact with and distract your pet is another option. Slowly feeding out the main meal for your pet, after various behaviors are presented will keep your pet focused on what is happening in the room. If you can’t have a person in the room with the pet, checking in periodically is a good idea. This way if any stressed behaviors, like chewing on furniture, urinating on inappropriate substrates etc., arise they can be addressed quickly. Another reason is by checking in on your pet frequently the pet will feel more relaxed and confident by your presence.
Feeder puzzles are great all year round and in hectic days like this can help keep your pets occupied. Prior to Halloween, you can place some treats or kibble in a cardboard box with balls of newspaper. Allowing your pet to become familiar with the new feeding device on a typical day, might be better than presenting it to them with all the clamor of Halloween. Store-bought feeder toys and kongs work well too, but can get expensive.
For those who find pet-friendly Halloween events, how great would it be if the pet went as themselves and the owners went as giant puzzle feeders or chew toys?
Sensory overload for our pets is a large stressor during Halloween. The noise from the trick or treaters is not the only source. Animatronics growling, the overpowering smell of chocolate in the air and the shine of decorations hanging from the ceiling can all be taxing to our pets. Adding decorations slowly, or better yet, outdoors where our pets can escape the sight of them should reduce stress. If you can keep Halloween outdoors, including the passing out of the candy, your entire indoors can act as a safety hideaway for your pet. Every time you see children approaching you can step outside and pass out the candy, hopefully avoiding the ringing of the door bell and maybe the bellowing of “trick or treat!”