Holidays can be great, but sometimes they are stressful for people. And, of course, that stress can be passed on to our pets. We can also get distracted and neglect our pups a bit. It’s important to remember that dogs don’t understand what is going on and owners need to be sensitive to fears – especially if it’s their first Holiday with you.
No matter how busy you are, make sure you still make time to exercise your pup. Also, keep in mind training and manners when you have guests. It’s a great time to practice friendly greetings for delivery people as well as friends and family.
Here are some more helpful tips for your pooch:
- Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs. Keep them out of reach.
- Don’t put lights on the lower branches of your tree. They may get very hot and burn your dog.
- Pets often try to chew electrical cords and may get badly shocked. Keep them out of reach at all times.
- Do not use edible ornaments, such as cranberry or popcorn strings. Your dog may knock over the furniture or decorations in an attempt to reach them.
- Keep ornaments off the lower branches of your tree; if your dog eats an ornament, they can be sick.
- Both live and artificial tree needles are sharp and indigestible. Keep your tree blocked off so it is not accessible to your dog.
- Keep burning candles out of the way of your dog’s wagging tail.
- Review canine holiday gifts for safety. Small plastic toys or bones may pose choking hazards.
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