This Year's Top Choices for Halloween
Halloween can be a fun occasion for the whole family—including pets! By offering customers the perfect costume for their furry friends pet retailers can get in on the fun—and get their share of the anticipated $350 million shoppers will spend this year on their pets for the holiday.
The National Retail Federation is predicting the top costumes for 2015 will be pumpkin, hot dog, Batman, devil and bumble bee. Get even more ideas in our gallery of creative costumes from past years and keep reading for 7 tips to offer customers for a safe pet-centric Halloween...
7 Tips to Offer Customers for a Safe Pet-Centric Halloween
The Pet Poison Hotline reports that during the week of Halloween, calls increase by 12%, making it the center’s busiest time of year.
1. Desensitize the dog to the doorbell. Ring, don’t react and repeat several times a day a few days before Halloween.
2. Reinforce sit-stay; reward and praise every time the pet follows commands and remains calm.
3. Ask another family member to hand out treats. Keep the dog on leash at your side; reward positive behavior with a treat. Command fearful dogs to sit-stay; reward good behavior.
4. Ensure your pet is microchipped with current contact information and sports a secure collar with ID tags.
5. Keep your pet leashed by your side or in a quiet room. Keep cats, especially black cats, inside.
6. Display pumpkins with burning candles, fake dangling cobwebs, costume accessories and other potentially harmful decorations out of reach.
7. Ask guests to keep food and beverages out of reach. Consider moving pets to a quiet area of the house away from the melee.