Halloween can potentially be a very dangerous holiday for pets. Between chocolate candies, constant doorbell ringing and satanic rituals with pit bulls and black cats, it’s important that we know how to protect our pets during the Halloween season. Both cats and dogs can be affected by the traditions of this spooky day, and I’ve put together a valuable list of Halloween safety tips for pets that you’ll want to consider this year and moving forward.
Everyone knows I am a Christmas fiend. My decorations go up November 1st, and I’m always in the mood for Santa, cookies and jingle bells. But fall is by far my favorite “season.” Over the years I’ve discovered patterns in my life and the lives of my fellow dog moms to come to the conclusion that fall is the best season for dog moms. I bet a lot of you are nodding your head in agreement, but let’s talk about WHY this is the case based on my findings.
This year has been full of “firsts” for us, so why stop now? You all know that I’m obsessed with pet events, and my goal this fall has been to check out new ones that I’ve never been to before. Wynston and I were blessed to get the invitation to attend Strut Your Mutt Phoenix, a national pet event hosted by Best Friends Animal Society. Wynston would be making a celebrity appearance and taking photos with attendees at the Instapet Tent, along with Instagram stars Stogie and Princess Lily Grumps. Count us in!!! That same evening was Dogtoberfest, a small local event a few miles from our house, and I wanted to be sure to check that out as well. Here’s a recap (with lots of photos of course) of the events!
When witches go riding and black cats are seen, doggies are howling…it’s near Halloween!
It’s time for the annual Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kol’s Notes and Beagles & Bargains! This year’s giveaway is bigger than EVER, and you won’t want to miss all of the treats we are giving away. Learn an abundance of super fun dog tricks along the way, including ours: teaching your dog to be SASSY! How cute is that?! So, are you ready to learn tricks and win treats? I present to you the details…
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Teach Your Dog to be Sassy
I’ve taught McKenzie Rae and Khloee both to be “sassy.” The trick involves a bark or quick howl, plus some sort of movement, like a jump or spin. What makes this trick fun and unique is that you can put your own spin on it (pun intended!). Check out the video below, then read my basic teaching instructions:
- If your dog can’t jump or spin, or bark or howl on command, I’d start by teaching them those basic tricks. Make sure you use lots of positive reinforcement!
- For last year’s giveaway, I taught “spin,” so check out that post to teach your pup how to spin 😀
- Teaching your dog to be sassy is really just combining a noise with a motion. Khloee likes to bark at me with attitude when I come home from being away, so I used that as fuel for the trick. Each time I’d get attitude from her, I’d ask “Why are you so sassy?” Then I started treating Khloee every time she would bark to positively reinforce the behavior, but only when I asked if she was sassy. I did not want to reinforce the barking unless I was asking for it.
- Once your dog knows how to “speak” combine it with the “spin” trick I linked for you above.
- Add the “sassy” queue once your dog has perfected each motion!
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Fall is upon us! Stores are putting up their Halloween merchandise and Facebook is going crazy with everything ‘pumpkin spice’. No complaints here – I love fall! The weather is starting to cool down (we’ve had days in the high 90s!) and I can actually sit outside in the morning to enjoy my tea. As we wrap up summer, let me share some ways you can get your dogs ready for fall.