Happy Halloween!

Since I was too lazy to put together a costume for the animals I think we’re going to play this one a little low-key. Which, frankly, is fine by me.

Shiva is still not very comfortable with visitors to our house. We’ve managed the problem so far but unlike a lot of her other issues, this one hasn’t gone anywhere. Probably because we’re the socially reclusive sort. Other than delivery drivers and the odd door-to-door fundraiser, we just don’t have anyone knocking on our door. Which is how Shiva likes it, but it does prevent her from learning to relax. Thus, trick or treating is a bit dicey in these parts.

In our neighbourhood there are a lot of children. Last year we had over 150 kids at our door. Luckily, our trainer had come to the house just a week before to give us advice on how to prevent Shiva from totally stressing out. It worked and last Halloween night was amazingly peaceful. I was hoping this year would be even easier but I don’t think that is going to be the case.

 Sigh. Our fault.

On the bright-side we have lots of treats, for children and dogs. I’m going to make a batch of “delicious” smelling sardine biscuits for the Shivster and set up a comfy spot for her to lay for the duration. It’s all we can do at this point. With luck we will prevent a total canine meltdown once more.

Happy Halloween!

Are cats really that afraid of dogs, Your Excellency?

*raises paw* What do you think?

Hehehe. Never mind.

15 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!

  1. Thanks for dropping by and commenting on our post. Erin goes crazy whenever our doorbell rings, it’s just chaos before we can finally open the door safely without her getting near anyone. Thankfully we don’t get many kids anymore. Most of the kids that were here are all grown up and gone, also there is only a four hour time slot for them to trick or treat. So Erin & Buck get to stay downstairs until it’s over. Can’t keep them outside because they bark too much. Thankfully this is only one day a year! Happy Halloween from Erin & Mom

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  2. If not for the internet (and calendar), I wouldn’t even know it was Halloween where I live. In the entire time I have lived here, there has NEVER been one trick or treater….
    Happy Halloween!

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  3. Found the blog looking for dog training sites – our rent a dog needs some manners – awesome to read about the progress of our grandpuppy –

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  4. DAP spray is good for calming my Song. You could also associate the visitors to the door with a treat for Shiva. Obviously only a small treat with that many possible visitors.

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  5. WOW, 150 or so kids…that’s great. We only get a handful and I would love to get more and our dogs do go crazy!!
    Happy Halloween!
    Deborah

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  6. We had quite a few last night, they set the trick or treat hours for last night instead of tonight, which is fine with me. We took Morgan and Bunny on a long hike in the morning to try to take some of the edge off Morgan, but it wasn’t completely successful. She still did alright, all things considered. I think it went better than it would have if she hadn’t gotten any exercise, that’s for sure! Good luck tonight!

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  7. You really might want to invest in a Manners Minder. I got mine a few weeks ago and LOVE it. It would make it really easy to work on a solid, relaxed down-stay, even in the face of distraction. AND you’ll have an entire year to proof it!

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  8. I *seriously* can’t praise the MM highly enough. I’d almost go so far as to guarantee that you’ll love it, and it’ll help her a LOT – quickly, effectively, and powerfully.

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  9. Oly has the same problem with visitors.

    Last year we had to do the same thing, one of us opened the door and gave adorable children candy while the other stood back and worked on ‘sit’ and ‘wait’. It was more work, but we got through it.

    Good luck!

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  10. Hope Shiva had a good and safe Halloween and wasn’t too stressed out 🙂 At least she got a lot of nom noms 🙂 Happy Belated one to you and your pal.

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  11. My Mango is happy to greet people if I tell him it is OK, but can get stressed if they just stand in the doorway (make up your mind!). Fortunately we got 0 trick or treaters. That’s fine with me.

    Mango Momma

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