Halloween is coming to Washington DC and what might one consider to do with the dog? D.C. and the surrounding area is pet-friendly and offers apartment living, duplexes, and single family homes. People and families that have a dog may think Halloween is a time to leave the pooch at home, but not so. Given that the family dog is well-socialized, and behaves appropriately to costumes and odd behavior, like ghosts floating down the street and pumpkins lit up, or headless horsemen at the door, it could be a great time for your pooch to participate in some of the goofier times in life. If dog owners prefer to stay at home, or within their complex, they can host a canine costume party! Other neighbors with dogs can come over in costumes, and interact in contests, like best costume, or best sitter, or maybe even most prolific drooler. The host could have competitions, like fastest sit, or highest jump, or most sociable. Both the contest and the competition part could offer awards or prizes, like special dog treats or a doggy t-shirt for example. It could be a good way to share some puppy items that the dog no longer uses. When hosting, the party should have enough space, maybe a fenced back yard and a door big enough for the dogs and costumes.
Another idea might be to hold a costumed, privately occurring obedience class. Find a favorite trainer and invite your costumed pooches to take part in learning some more advanced training. How about a doggy yoga class, with parent and pooch in costume? There’s nothing better than a good downward dog pose with bat wings.
Dog owners could participate in trick or treating as long as they are well-behaved and as mentioned before, can handle the extra visual and other input of stimuli, only found on Halloween.
If the dog owner wants to stay at home, offer some treats for dog owners to take home or offer their pet in costume.
If the answer is to go out on the town around Washington D.C. there are a variety of places still where the pooch can participate. According to Rachel Cooper and her article in the About Travel website there are Halloween Cruises for Canines on the morning of October 30th. On Halloween night there will be special dog treats offered at the Fairmont in NW Washington in the evening. In old town Alexandria, there will be a costume contest on October 30 as well. Please see the About Travel website for more information.
According to Sara Richmond’s Examiner article, there is still time to find dog Halloween fun over the next few days. She has a great list on her page!
Also, do not forget the Zoom Room in Rockville, MD. It is a great place for events and participation opportunities for your dog.
So, the dogs can stay in, or go out for Halloween. Either way, have fun with your pooch and howl-a-way on Halloween.