The other evening, I went out walking with my dogs. The sun had set but the street lights hadn't turned on so visibility was pretty limited. Well as we happened upon one of the said graveyards, Java stopped in her tracks and started barking. Of course, I thought this quite funny as there was nothing to be afraid of. It wasn't until Java cautiously approached the tombstone to check it out - perhaps reading the name on the tombstone, that she relaxed and went about her business. This is the story every Halloween in my household. It got me to thinking about what we need to do to keep our furry friends safe. Remember the dead dog lessons from this summer that I wrote about? With all the trick or treaters coming by, its a good idea to either keep your dog on lead with the lead attached to something - yourself, a table, banister railing, etc. or to put a gate up so dogs can't run out while you're shelling out. Of course, teaching the dog to not dash out is the best option.
Speaking of teaching. Does your dog bark when people ring the door bell or knock on your door? Halloween is a great time to teach your dog an alternate behaviour. I know someone who has taught all her dogs to go to their dog bed when the door bell rings. Yes, I said DOGS!! They each have their own and they each know to only go to their own bed. Isn't that great!!! I'm envious and encouraged to do the same. I'm going to try to teach them this Halloween. So what if I don't get to the door right away. It's not like the trick or treaters are going anywhere. Besides they'll learn to be patient at an early age!! It's a win-win in my books!!!
Happy Halloween Everyone!!
p.s. Don't forget there will be a Masquerade party at next year's camp!!