How to keep your dog safe for the holidays: Holiday tips for your dog
Holidays are great, but sometimes they can be stressful for people. And, of course, that stress can be passed on to our pets. We can also get distracted with everything that is going on, and neglect our pups a bit. It’s important to remember that dogs don’t understand why things are different and you need to be sensitive to that – especially if it’s one of their first holidays with you. So, if anything, we might need to do more walking and training to keep them happy and calm.
So, no matter how busy you get, 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. Have your dog sit to get petted for everyone’s safety.
Here are some more quick holiday tips for your dog…
Kompis meeting Santa!
Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs. Make sure they are kept in places your dog cannot reach.
Do not put lights on the lower branches of your tree. They may get very hot and burn your dog.
Watch out for electrical cords. Pets often try to chew them and get badly shocked or electrocuted. Place them out of reach.
Avoid glass ornaments, which break easily and may cut a dog’s feet or mouth.
Do not use edible ornaments, or cranberry or popcorn strings. Your dog may knock the tree over in an attempt to reach them.
Keep other ornaments off the lower branches; if your dog chews or eats an ornament, he can be made sick by the materials or paint.
Both live and artificial tree needles are sharp and indigestible. Keep your tree blocked off (with a playpen or other “fence”) or in a room that is not accessible to your dog.
Tinsel can be dangerous for dogs. It may obstruct circulation and, if swallowed, block the intestines.
Keep burning candles on high tables or mantels, 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.
Your dog may want to investigate wrapped packages; keep them out of reach.