Tanya and Suzi are up to some community-building Halloween dog training treat tricks! Tanya’s neighborhood is packed with dog lovers. On the block where she lives there are three Rottweilers, three Cockapoos, two Great Danes, a Schnauzer, two Shih Tzus, a Golden Retriever with three pups, and an Airedale Terrier/Doberman mix.
Plus, Tanya and her adult daughter, Suzi, are a two-dog household. Tanya has an English Bulldog, the apple of her doggie-mom eye, and Suzi has a Chihuahua.
This year, Tanya and Suzi (not their real name) have decided to make Halloween a special day for the neighborhood dogs. Thinking creatively, they have decided to sponsor a neighborhood Doggie Trick-or-Treat!
The idea was that all the neighbors would take their dogs out in costume to receive a different healthy treat at each house. Their first task was to inspire their neighbors to get their dogs used to wearing costumes. To get the ball rolling, they bought a doggie frog costume for Suzi’s little teacup Chihuahua, and red devil horns, a tail and a bow tie for Tanya’s Bulldog.
A little coaxing with a tasty dog training treat and the Bulldog fell in love with his devilish attire. It’s taking a little longer for the teacup Chihuahua to decide she was made to be a frog, however. For three days, Suzi coaxed her into her costume with a special treat and major shows of affection.
Yesterday, both dogs seemed pretty well acclimated to their getups. So Tanya and Suzi decided it was time to take the two dogs around and show them off.
That got the neighbors into the spirit. They have all agreed to buy doggie costumes for their dogs, too. And with a little coaxing, they have agreed to make or buy healthy treats or toys and to make sure the decorations in their yards are pooch-friendly.
Think you might want to try this out in your neighborhood this year? Here are a few tips to make sure all goes well:
- Take the time before Halloween day to help your dog fall in love with his costume. Dress him up in it several times a day, rewarding him each time with a healthy treat and plenty of hugs.
- Planning to put a carved jack-o-lantern on your porch? Consider putting a battery-operated light in it (instead of a candle) so it won’t cause a fire if it gets knocked over.
- Considering electrically lighted decor? Again, use batteries. If you must have electric cords, tuck them out of reach of your the canine Trick-or-Treaters.
With the big day approaching, Tanya and Suzi are finding that the Doggie Trick-or-Treat idea has brought the neighbors together as never before. Will the community spirit last after the goblins are put away?
If all goes well, Tanya says she has some ideas for a Doggie Christamas/Hannukah event!
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