We know that everyone is looking forward to the upcoming Holiday Season and all the fun times ahead with family and friends.
At this time, it’s easy for us to forget that, while some of our 4 legged companions may enjoy the festivities just as much as we do, others may not be quite so comfortable with all the changes in their daily routine.
Here are a few tips to help make this time happy and safe for every member of your family.
A little over-indulgence is usually expected among humans at this time, but please try to keep your dog’s feeding routine just that – routine.
Too many rich treats can turn holiday happiness into holiday havoc if they end up causing worrisome trips to the veterinarian.
Yes, some dogs do think that these may be food! At least they may be worth trying. If not food, others will definitely think it fun to try to use the tree trimmings or baubles as toys. A couple of seconds fun can lead to many hours and days of worrying and expensive veterinary visits.
Watch these closely!
They can often be the source of those extra, unwanted treats for our canine friends.
They may also not be so well versed in the art of keeping all important doors and gates closed!
If you can’t trust your dog or your visitors, maybe this would be a good time to show off his brilliant boundary behavior of going to rest on his bed or in his crate out of harms way.
Be your dog’s advocate!
Many people genuinely believe this to be true:
We love dogs! All dogs love us!
However, just as we may not “love” every single person we meet, our dogs have just as much right to feel the same about every human or dog that he meets.
If you know that your dog is going to feel uncomfortable in any given social setting, this is yet another great opportunity for him to show off his boundary skills. Let him go to his crate to chill out, leaving him and everyone else to relax and enjoy the festivities.