How to keep your dog happy this holiday season
12th December 2018
For many, the holiday season is a time for family gatherings. Dogs are often seen as a member of the family, but we shouldn’t forget that they have different needs to humans, and that we need to ensure they are kept healthy and safe at this holiday season. Here are a few things to bear in mind during the festive season.
Chocolates are treats for humans, but they’re toxic to dogs, so be sure to keep them out of reach. Grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts can also make a dog very ill. If you want to give your dog treats, stick to dog-friendly treats and avoid dinner scraps which could cause unnecessary weight gain or contain harmful bones. You could even treat your dog in different ways, such as praising them with a cuddle, toy or tummy rub.
Your dog needs walking every day, even during the holidays. Take your dog on his usual walk and invite the whole family along; it can be a great way to get some fresh air and work off those mince pies. If your dog has an Animo activity and behaviour monitor, you can keep track of their activity during the holidays to ensure they are getting enough exercise. Many of us play games during holiday festivities, so why not think of some active games that could involve your dog.
If you have an excitable dog or young puppy, holiday decorations could spell disaster. Keep all decorations out of reach by considering table top replacements for decorations and try to keep furniture moving to a minimum to avoid stressing your dog.
Candles can easily be knocked over by a playful dog and cause a fire. Keep candles well out of reach or better still, use fake candles that offer the same flickering effect as real candles.
If you have people arriving who don’t often see your dog, make sure they’re aware of your dog’s temperament so that they don’t do something he doesn’t like. Also, if children are attending your gathering and your dog isn’t used to spending time with children, tell them how to behave around your dog so that they don’t frighten him.
Make sure your dog can access different areas of the house so that they can retreat if any partying gets too much for them.
Festive doggie outfits
Dogs can look very cute if they’re dressed in a festive outfit, but they might not like wearing it. Never force your dog to wear anything they’re not happy to wear. As an alternative, you could get them a festive collar or handkerchief to wear.