Keeping Your Dog Safe During the Holidays
The holidays can be a hectic time of year. Since there might be way more people in the house and more treats available, chaos is likely to ensure. However, some holiday decorations and eats can be dangerous to your pup. Therefore, in order to reduce Dog Owner Liability and keep your pup safe and happy this holiday season, consider the following advice.
Keep a lid on the trash.
Cooked chicken and turkey bones, chocolate, fatty food scraps and more can fill up the trash can quickly this time of year. While your dog might think these are tasty treats meant just for him, they can have severe health effects on him. Keep a lid on the trash at all times and ensure your guests don’t feed your pet under the table. Too many treats can mean tummy troubles, so avoid this at all costs.
Protect the tree.
Some dogs find it amusing to tackle the tree or eat the ornaments off of it. Protect the tree by blocking access with a baby gate or only decorate branches that are out of your pet’s reach. Another important note to consider: homemade salt dough ornaments can be lethal to dogs if ingested, so keep those off the tree to be safe.
Know your pet’s limits.
Andrea Arden, founder of Andrea Arden Dog Training in New York City, states “Pets are part of the family and, as such, we want them to take part in the fun with us. But, what is safe, appropriate, and fun for us is not always for our animals.” Make sure your dog is happy and comfortable with holiday festivities, whether it’s photos with Santa, wearing a holiday costume, traveling to far destinations, or hanging out at your New Year’s Eve party, says Dogster.
Schedule potty breaks.
If you plan on going out of town and traveling long distances with your pet, be sure to schedule plenty of potty breaks. Much like humans, dogs can get urinary tract infections if they aren’t urinating frequently enough!
Provide a safe place.
When too much change occurs, dogs can become stressed. If you are taking your dog with you to a friend or family’s house, consider bringing things that comfort your pet including favorite toys, treats, or a bed. Providing a quiet place for your pet to unwind is also recommended.
As a responsible dog owner, it’s important to note that your dog’s health, comfort, and happiness has a direct correlation to his behavior. Keeping him safe and content will reduce the chance that he will react adversely to your family and friends, especially during the hectic holiday season.
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