Nothing can ruin the holidays faster than a dog catastrophe (or should we say dog-astroph?) which is why we have scourged the web for you to find the best and most important tips to make sure you have the best holiday season ever!
- Tire out your dog before you get to your destination- they will probably get over excited, so the more you run around before the more likely they are to behave!
- Weather smarts- going someplace colder than usual and packing warm clothes for yourself? Don’t forget your dog can be cold too- stock up on warm garments for both of you (general rule of thumb- short hair breeds will be cold!)
- Maintain discipline and rules (even after your fourth glass of eggnog)- there will be many temptations lying around for your dog- from sweets to yummy holiday meals to presents to trample on. Use this time to reinforce positive behavior! And remember what’s delicious for us can be poisons to dogs so monitor what they eat and what treats your family members try and sneak them- keep chocolate and turkey bones out of reach!
- Decorations are a must, but can be challenging with your dog- decorative plants (such as poinsettia, mistletoe and holly) are toxic, tinsel can tear up your dog’s intestines, and cute holiday doggie outfits can be dangerous around the fireplace. Oh and we always keep our delicate tree decorations on the top, with the sturdier ones on the bottom.
- Don’t worry if your dog takes a nibble from your tree- they are not toxic and should not pose a threat (just keep clear on chemicals in the water)
- Trying to guess what’s in your wrapped presents- if it’s food chances are your dog will know before you and be more than happy to help you unwrap it. Keep those gifts out of your dogs reach. A pen is also a great solution here!
- Keep your gift wrapping supplies hidden away- they are tempting for pups and can be mistaken as toys
- If you are hosting and have lots of guests over make sure your dog has a safe space- guests can be overwhelming for dogs, and their overexcitement can be overwhelming for guests. Plan ahead by making sure they have their own corner where they feel safe. Also with the influx of people opening and closing your door make sure to keep their collars and identification on them.
- Dogs and kids don’t always mix- never leave young kids unattended with dogs.
- Keep candles on high shelves, and out of reach of wagging tails.
Image credit: i.imgur.com