Dogs and Christmas – top tips
It's the time of year that we are all starting to make Christmas plans. Is your dog included in these? Christmas can be full of chaos and hazards, so a few top tips here to help you will hopefully lead to a happy and safe celebration. Christmas is the time for luxury [...] The post Dogs and Christmas – top tips appeared first on Pippin Pet Dog Training.
It’s the time of year that we are all starting to make Christmas plans.
Is your dog included in these?
Christmas can be full of chaos and hazards, so a few top tips here to help you will hopefully lead to a happy and safe celebration.
Christmas is the time for luxury foods, noise, guests, presents and chaos. For our dogs, this can be a time for unsettled routines, temptation and over-excitement or fear.
To give your dog the best chance over the festive period, here are my top tips to help your pets:
Food – many of our favourites are toxic to dogs – alcohol, onions/leeks in our dinners, the salt in our gravy, chocolate in presents and on the tree, and some nuts. Makes sure all plates are kept off the floor and away from the dogs so no scavenging can happen. Make a note of which vets may be offering an emergency service but hopefully you won’t need it.
Long lunch – to keep your pup happier whilst you tuck into your turkey, prepare a feeder toy such as a West Paw Toppl, stuff it full of your dog’s favourite foods, freeze it and then give it to your dog at lunchtime too. Or a super long lasting chew (no rawhide).
Tree decorations – avoid putting chocolate decorations on the tree, and if you can, section off/put a barrier around the tree to keep your dog away. An opened up exercise pen is ideal for this.
Presents – All those smells! Your dog will go looking. Avoid placing down any presents in advance that may contain food. If receiving packages in advance, ask if there is any foodstuff/chocolate in there, and if so, store them safely until the big day.
Visitors at your house – makes sure your dog has a quiet area where they cannot be disturbed, and take them there to rest regularly in the day. Try and keep to their routine as much as you can. Put a stairgate across the door (the DogG8 fits to the door but stores really flat when unlocked) so that your dog cannot escape should visitors leave the door open. Make sure they are wearing a collar and ID tag just in case they do run off – that way you are more likely to be reunited quickly.
Going to visit others? – take your dog’s bed, favourite toys, food bowl so that there are familiar things in the strange home, and again try and keep to your regular routine. Keep your dog on a harness and longer lead if you are walking in an unfamiliar area so that they cannot get lost.
Fireworks – with the stresses of the noise and bustle of Christmas, many dogs then struggle with fireworks. Make a safe place for them to hide, or snuggle to you, turn up your tv and if they are really bad, speak to your vets now so that you can get medical help in advance to help soothe your dog’s nerves.
Finally, enjoy it! Your pup may love ripping open their presents and seeing what delights you have brought them, or helping the kids with their presents! Other gifts will be tempting for your dog and to keep everyone happy, make sure precious new toys or small parts are kept off the floor away from the dog.
Whatever you are doing this Christmas, just enjoy the time with your wonderful 4 legged friend.
This blog is a guest blog for Pets Lets – a letting agency specialising in families with pets so that they can all stay together when moving home to a new rental.
Link is here for the full blog on their website – https://petslets.com/info-hub/top-10-pet-friendly-property-tips/top-tips-dogs-christmas