Here are a few things you can do to make Halloween safer for your Pyr:
Yeah, we know you know it. But it’s all worth hearing again before the doorbell starts ringing.
Secure your dog before any kids get home from school. Establish a safe place with lots of treats to keep your dog and you calm.
Consider using a pheromone defuser, spray or collar or an essential calming oil like lavender or a blend.
If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe place where he/she won’t be disturbed.
Make sure your dog is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case he/she escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters.
Don’t feed your dog or let your kids feed your dog Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum).
Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets.
If you plan to put a costume on your Pyr, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.
Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from pets. Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely.
And pray it will all be over early!
About those Halloween puppies—we’ve got a small army of pups (12 from one litter!) who need good homes with qualified adopters. If you feel the time is right, you can see who is available here or go straight to our adoption process because you know they’re going to be cute!