Here are a few general guidelines for pets anxious about the commotion and change of routine:
- Be sure pets wear ID tags and are microchipped (and registered with microchip provider), Pets get out the front door too often, and get lost at Halloween.
- When pets show some anxiety – sometimes happening over several hours of constant door bell ringing, seclude them into a second bedroom, basement or den – and close the door.
- In that room, pump up the classical music (which may be calming, and may drown out some outside noise).
- Plug in Adaptil (for dogs) Feliway (for cats), which are pheromone diffusers, naturally lowering stress in the pets’ environments, and enhance the comfort level. When (based on previous Halloweens) you know that pets will be stressed, add the Adaptil collar for the dog, and do it a day or so before Halloween.
- Give the pets something else to think about – like a treat dispensing toy or food puzzle to work on, or a chewy for a dog.
For pets that will predictably be VERY stressed by the door bell, I say ‘lie a little.’ Post a sign on the door saying “Bell out of order.” And, if you can, keep the door open, and screen door closed – so people won’t even be able to knock.
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