Chihuahuas are a loveable breed, but there’s no denying that they can get a bit skittish from time to time. Any loud noise or even a knock at the door can send them into a frenzy, and in all honesty, this type of stress is very bad for chis.
Of course, any good Chihuahua owner knows that, but many forget just how stressful a night like Halloween can be on these cute little critters.
After all, there’s constant knocks on the door followed by droves of goblins and witches screaming out for candy. Sadly, a chi doesn’t understand Halloween as well as their human counterparts, but fortunately, there’s a few things that every chihuahua lover can do to keep their little buddy safe during this holiday.
Head Out for a Walk Early
First and foremost, it’s important for chihuahua owners to take their little ones out for a walk before trick-or-treaters fill the streets. This pet safety tip goes a long way in shielding a chi from the stress of being surrounded by what look like monsters.
Of course, there’s a good chance that at least one child with a costume will be crossed at some point, but if this does happen, simply picking up the little one (the chi, not the child) until the costumed child has passed should be enough.
There are also precautions that don’t involve trick-or-treaters that should be taken on Halloween night. It’s imperative to keep chis away from anything they find interesting on the ground.
Chocolate that kids drop can kill a chihuahua if enough is ingested, and little beads off of Halloween costumes can become choking hazards. On top of all of this, the colder months mean people will likely change out the antifreeze in their vehicles. If a chihuahua licks even a stain on the ground, it can lead to serious issues.
Know your Chi’s Personality
A dog owner is the one person in the world who should know their pet best, and when Halloween comes around, it’s important for them to be honest with themselves. If a chi has been aggressive before, it’s a good idea to keep them away from the area where trick-or-treaters will be.
Any prior nipping or charging behavior should be a clue that giving the chi a chance to be around the little monsters that are banging on their door is a bad idea.
For chis that have expressed this type of behavior, simply crating them or leaving them in a separate room with the door closed until the excitement is over should be enough. For those who feel bad about this, a simple walk before the night begins should keep the chi happy while confined to a secure room away from the events of the night.
Rethink the Costume
This isn’t to say that it’s not okay to dress a chihuahua up for Halloween, but some definite thought should be put into the decision. It’s important not to wait until the night of to put your fur baby in their outfit. This is because the costume can cause substantial stress for the little one if they don’t particularly like being restricted.
It’s important to try to put the costume on the dog a few days before Halloween. If the chi shows any sign of resistance or stress, it’s best not to put them through the turmoil of the night.
For chihuahua that are okay with outfits, it’s still important to follow a few rules. First, removing any small parts that dangle is imperative to prevent the little one from eating them and potentially choking.
Also, costumes that have hoods or masks on them should be avoided. These outfits can make it difficult for the chi to see what’s going on around them. Even throwing some reflective tape on the outfit can decrease the likelihood of something going wrong.
Don’t Leave Your Chi Alone in Vehicle
For those individuals who have to drive their child around on Halloween, it’s important to not leave a chi inside a vehicle unattended. In reality, this is sound advice for the entire year, but since many people feel especially mischievous on this holiday, this tip is imperative.
Passersby may jump at the chance to snatch an unattended chihuahua. Even individuals who simply poke fun at the dog as they pass by can really stress out the little one. If it’s imperative to have the chi tag along, it’s important to either stay in the car at each house or carry them along.
Keep Chis Indoors
Chihuahuas, even those who are used to running free outside in their own yard, should be kept indoors during Halloween. This is true even when there is an electronic or chain link fence present. Electronic fences will not stop children from coming into the yard, and chain link fences could be accidentally left open or even climbed over by mischievous pranksters.
Some people, in an effort to avoid any stress for their chi, just lock up their fence and don’t allow anyone in. This can still, however, present dangers for chihuahuas. Passersby can throw objects over the fence to torment your dog. Even unwitting children who think they’re being nice can harm a chihuahua by tossing chocolate candy over a fence.
Check out the Yard
Halloween night isn’t the end of the danger for chihuahuas. Even if the night goes smoothly, it’s important for a chi owner to check out their yard the next day. As mentioned, any number of things could be dropped or thrown into the yard as the night progresses, and all of these could pose choking hazards or worse.
Make sure to check every corner of the yard vigilantly. Chihuahuas have better smell than humans and are much closer to the ground, so they’re very likely to find things not easily noticed if left in the yard.
Halloween is a risky holiday for chihuahua owners, but luckily, it can be a mitigated risk. Chi owners who follow these simple guidelines are likely to have Halloween pass them by without a hitch. Oh, and the little bundle of excitement known as a Chihuahua will be eternally grateful.