One of the great things about living in a community like Braemar is seeing your neighbors out and about as they go for jogs, walks or to take a stroll with their pets. By the looks of the number of Braemar residents walking their dogs alone, I’d say we live in a community full of animal lovers.
As an animal lover myself, I am very aware of the stress that Halloween can put on my pets. The constant ringing of the doorbell and parade of oddly dressed strangers is definitely not what our pets consider fun. With that in mind, here is something that you can do to make Halloween a little less stressful for your pets, and in turn, less frightening for the little ones that are knocking at your door.
Keep dogs and cats confined to a bedroom or another room away from the front door. When cats and dogs are confined to safe and familiar quarters, they are less likely to be stressed. Leave them with food and water and familiar bedding or toys. If you’re dealing with a cat, make sure there is a litter box in the room. If you’re dealing with a dog, make sure it’s had the opportunity to use the bathroom just prior to being locked up.
In general, leaving animals outdoors during trick-or-treating animals does keep them from the front door, but may not prove any less stressful as animals have keen senses. Dogs will tend to bark in defense of their home and that can scare young children. Cats will have a tendency to run off and hide, if you don’t proactively find a safe place to confine them.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in Virginia, Long & Foster REALTORS®