Top Tips to keep your four legged friend happy this Christmas!

by Jenny Mee // December 2017

  • Try, as much as possible, to keep to your dog’s normal routine.

  • Take your dog for a long walk before starting preparations/celebrations.

  • Reward your dog for calm behaviour when guests arrive and give them things to do to keep them out of mischief!

  • Prepare lots of food toys (e.g. kongs) in advance to keep your dog busy and calm.

  • Make a safe den/bed for your dog away from all the hub bub of celebrations so they can escape if its too much for them.

  • The den can be kept up until after New Year, giving your dog a safe place to retreat to if there are lots of fireworks in the area. You may also wish to draw the curtains and have the TV or radio on as background noise.

  • Restrict access to presents and decorations, and bear in mind trees and lights can cause potential injury to your dog so consider where your dog is safe to be left unsupervised.

  • Remember that dogs can over-indulge at Christmas, just like people! Grapes, raisins, chocolate, nuts, rich fatty foods, fat trimmings and alcohol are just some of the foods that need to be kept out of your dog’s reach.

  • Christmas is a great time to get dressed up, but dogs don’t share our desire to dress up for the festive season! Avoid costumes or outfits for your dog that may worry them, and don’t push them into anything they don’t want to do just to get a cute photo! 

  • Have 1-2-1 time with your dog—throughout the busy period, ensure your dog doesn’t miss out on their time with you (playing and/or training).

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