The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate together as a family, but many holiday traditions can actually put your dog’s safety at risk. Consider these tips to keep your dog safe during the holidays so that they can be enjoyable times for everyone!
Keep Your Dog in a Quiet Room
Big holiday parties can be exciting and overwhelming to dogs. Parties also pose a risk of your dog escaping from the home if a guest is caught unaware while entering or exiting your home.
When you’re planning to have a big party, it’s a good idea to keep your dog separated in a quiet room. If your dog is crate trained, place the crate in the room, along with some toys and a familiar dog bed. Many dogs will appreciate the quiet place to escape the business of the party. If you think your dog would like to meet and greet guests, then bring him out on a leash during a quieter time to socialize for a bit.
Avoid Feeding Your Dog People Food Treats
Food is abundant during the holidays, and as tempting as it may be to sneak your dog a snack from the table, it isn’t a very good idea. Many human foods can cause digestive upsets or can even be poisonous to your dog! Common holiday foods like nuts, potatoes, tomatoes, avocado, and chocolate are toxic to dogs. For information on foods that are harmful to your pets read this list of hazardous food from the ASPCA. To be safe, avoid feeding your dog people food, and make sure that guests are aware of this rule.
If you want to give your dog a holiday treat, then pick up some special dog treats that you know are safe for your dog.
Keep Safety in Mind When Decorating
Dogs are very curious animals, and when holiday decorations come into play, they don’t mix well together! Many holiday plants are toxic to dogs, and decorations like garlands and Christmas trees can also pose serious problems if ingested.
When decorating your home for the holidays, try to include only dog-safe decorations. Make sure to keep all decorations well out of your dog’s reach. If necessary, you might close off a room, such as the living room, so that you can decorate it without constantly worrying about your dog getting into the decorations.
The holidays bring about changes in schedule, new people in your home, and many situations that are exciting to your dog. You can help to calm and reassure your pup by maintaining the consistency with your dog training. Continuing with your house rules, such as preventing your dog from jumping up on people, or keeping your dog off of the furniture, can give your dog a sense of stability even during the busy holiday season.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season with your entire family!