Halloween is a stressful holiday for your dog. This celebration involves scary costumes, loud notices and a lot of fuss. These factors are called stressors.
How stressed your dog becomes and how many stressors he or she experiences depends on each individual dog. Some reach their stressors limit very quickly, others can handle stressful situations much better.
It is important to know your dog and his or her temperament to be able to assess the number of stressors that they can manage because with every additional stressor, the probability of the probability of erratic behavior and fear-biting increases considerably.
With Halloween being celebrated only once a year, prevention techniques will give the best results. Keep the stressors away from your dog by putting them in another room, for example.
Look for the following signs of stress when your dog is in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable situation like Halloween:
- Excessive panting (without exercise)
- Moving around a lot
- Whale eye (seeing whites of eyes)
- Ears drawn back toward shoulders
- Tail tucked between legs
- Submissive urination
Enjoy Halloween with all the ghosts and goblins, but help your dog by looking out for what can stress him out.
On Halloween always remember: Don’t let your dog eat any candy!
Article and image source: All Dogs Go To Kevin