All Hallows Eve, the night of spooky ghosts, scary monsters, and your doorbell ringing constantly and setting off your Nonstop Barking Dog Alarm™. Sound familiar? Well, read on dear sweet autumn child, for some tips on dealing with HALLOWEEN STRESS AND DOORBELL ANXIETY!

1 – NUMBER ONE RULE: DON’T FEED THE GREMLINS.

While scarfing down an entire bowl of chocolate will likely give us humans a sugar rush followed by a bad stomach ache, chocolate and other candy items can be very dangerous to your pet’s health. Keep your candy bowl safely out of reach of your pets.

2 – KEEP YOUR PETS SAFELY INSIDE.

If you’re passing candy out to masked visitors, your door will be opening frequently, giving your pets a chance to escape to outside world (which, by the way will be populated with strange and terrifying creatures hopped up on sugar).  If you think you have a flight risk on your hands, you might want to consider keeping your dog in a closed off room.  (Speaking of flight risk, a plane could be an adorable costume for your pup!  If you have a grey ThunderShirt, you’re already halfway there.)

3 – MAKE A ZEN ZONE.

Create a safe, quiet, stress-free space for your pets with lots of interesting toys for distraction and a calming sound machine to cover the noise of visitors. Your dog will feel like they are having a spa day rather than a night of stress and fear! If you don’t already have a sound machine, we have a great option.

4 – TAKE IT OUTSIDE. 

Consider moving your candy-giving duties outside on the porch instead of having trick-or-treaters ring the doorbell. Or set up a few chairs around a portable fire pit in your driveway for extra fun. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

 AS THE LEADERS IN THE PET CALMING SPACE, WE HAVE A FEW PRODUCTS THAT CAN HELP!

ThunderShirt Anxiety Jacket – a gentle calming hug to help comfort your dog through a constantly ringing doorbell.

ThunderWunders Calming Chews – give the recommended amount about 30 minutes before the first trick-or-treaters arrive and you’ll have a much more relaxed pup.

ThunderCloud Sound Machine and Essential Oil Diffuser – This combination sound machine and calming diffuser can be a great addition to your Stress-Free Zone.

ThunderEase Phermones – Use the calming spray as needed, or plug in the diffuser for continuous calm.

 We hope you have a spooky and stress-free Halloween!  If you have questions about Halloween safety, or products available that could help, feel free to contact us at 866-892-2078 or service@thundershirt.com.

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