October 28, 2011
While Halloween is an exciting time for us humans, it can be a downright scary and stressful time for dogs. Tons of people who may or may not actually look like people, constant noise and activity, doorbells ringing, doors opening and closing – all of this can be highly upsetting to many dogs. If not celebrating Halloween is not an option at your house, here are some guidelines from DogWatch to help you keep your dog safe and sane on the scariest night of the year.
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October 25, 2011
Believe it or not, Halloween’s right around the corner! Is it just us, or did this year fly by? While we’re sure you’ve been stocking up on candy for the trick-or-treaters and costumes for the kids, have you given any thought to what your dog is going to be for Halloween? Doggie Halloween costumes, both home- and commercially-made, are growing in popularity every year, with many communities even having costume parades and contests!
If you’re stuck on what to garb your pup in this Halloween, here are some great ideas DogWatch came across as we scoured the internet for costume ideas for our own dogs. And if you do dress your pup this year, make sure to send us a picture of it at email@example.com, or post it on our Facebook page!
Haven’t had enough cute dogs in costumes? (Is it possible to ever get enough?) Check out this great video for more inspiration!
January 3, 2011
As we begin an New Year (and a new decade!), it seems like a good time to review some of the 2010 highlights. We saw economic struggles, a Winter Olympics, the oil spill in the Gulf, the health care debate, the continued rise of Facebook, and many more unforgettable events. And since there aren’t enough lists at this time of year (just kidding!), we have compiled our own. In the first DogTails post of 2011, DogWatch Hidden Fences gives you our first annual “Dog News Review,” featuring the most memorable dog stories of the past year.
One of our favorite dog photos of the year first premiered way back in January. That’s when Maureen Ravelo snapped a photo of her Bichon Frise-poodle enjoying a special treat on his birthday. The resulting photo (shown at left) captured an unbelievably expressive and contented smile on the one year-old dog’s face. The image quickly became a sensation after a friend posted it on the sharing site Reddit.com. For more info on the story, and to see Riley in action, click on the photo to watch a video of the famous dog and his owner on NBC’s “Today” show.
One of our favorite parts of Super Bowl XLIV did not actually take place in Miami. While we applaud the New Orleans Saints’ victory, we confess that we didn’t watch all of the pre-game coverage. Instead, we switched over to Animal Planet from 3-5PM, when it aired its sixth annual “Puppy Bowl.” The event, which is even cuter than it sounds, features lots of adorable puppy playing, aerial coverage of the “field”, rabbit cheerleaders and a kitty halftime show. We can’t wait for Puppy Bowl VII – oh, and Super Bowl XLV, too.
It was the chomp seen ’round the world. Winston, a Pit Bull-Boxer mix, got loose from his yard and attacked a police car, eventually chewing off the entire front bumper. And it was all caught on tape! The amazing video made headlines around the world, and sent Winston to the shelter for a few weeks before being released to his family. The trainers supported his owners’ claim that Winston is a “sweet dog,” but a judge did order obedience training for the powerful pup. Winston’s owner promises that Winston will be “a model citizen” from now on – but just in case, he will add some extra protection in his yard in case a police car drives by again.
October 29, 2010
It’s the scariest time of the year…and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Halloween is the time for ghoulish decor and frightful costumes. Trick-or-treaters love the spooky sounds and scary makeup. However, there is one member of the family that might not understand the fun spirit behind all the “Boo”-rific happenings – the dog. Halloween can be a difficult day for dogs and their owners, with all the new visitors, strange sounds and unhealthy but irresistible chocolate candy.
To help you and your furry friend make it safely through this scariest of holidays, the DogWatch Hidden Fences Team has compiled a list of safety tips for dog owners.
1) Keep your eye on the candy!!
As a rule, dogs and Halloween candy don’t mix. Most dog owners know that chocolate is potentially fatal to dogs. Less well know is xylitol, an artificial sweetener often found in candy – it is equally hazardous. (Cats should stay away from these ingredients as well.)
The best way to avoid an emergency trip to the vet is to keep the candy out of the dog’s reach at all times, and educate your kids and your trick-or-treaters. You may want to keep a bowl of dog treats by the door. That way, your dog can enjoy his own, much healthier treats, and not miss out on the fun! Plus, you can give a treat to any neighborhood dogs who stop by with the costumed kids.
2) Costumes should be fun for all.
Everyone loves a dog in a Halloween costume, right? Well, everyone except perhaps the dog itself. While some dogs love the attention that comes with a cute outfit, others are miserable in the extra garb. We suggest trying out the costume prior to the big day so you can make sure it fits properly (i.e. not to tight or otherwise restrictive) and so you know how Fido will react. If your dog shows signs of discomfort, take off the costume. It will make the night less stressful for all.
3) Prepare for many little visitors.
For most families, Halloween night means an unusual amount of doorbell ringing and little strangers at the door. This commotion causes many dogs to react by barking and acting out. Consider placing your dog in another room with the TV on to drown out the noise. If your dog doesn’t mind visitors and wants to join the fun, that’s great – yet it is still a good idea to keep a leash on, in case she makes a run for the door.
For those taking your dog with you to trick-or-treat, remember to keep an eye out for falling candy. Also, for those of you in warmer climates, make sure your dog doesn’t overheat in his costume during the long walk.
As always, we’d love to see pictures and hear stories about your Halloween hijinks. Share your photos and fun times on our Facebook page! We hope you all have a happy, spooky and safe Halloween!
Photo by daveynin via Flickr.