Preparing for the Holidays
Ingredients for success:
We all want to have that picture perfect Christmas with our dogs as part of our family festivities, but not in a stealing the turkey, pulling the tree over, knocking over Grandma and stealing the kid's presents kind of way. While some dogs are quite relaxed about changes, guests etc. and remain calm during the festivities, many dogs find some or all of these things quite interesting and exciting, and in the absence of guidance from you will do natural dog behaviours that result in problems (i.e. jumping, eating, grabbing). So let's look at how we can set these dogs up for sucess!
Avoiding the Vet on Christmas
No one wants to have to take their dog to the vet on Christmas (and most vets are happy to spend the holiday with their families too) so how can we avoid an emergency visit over the holidays?
Watch what your dog eats.
Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs (if they eat enough of it) but did you know about some of these other problematic foods?
What is your dog doing this Halloween?
As the air turns frosty and the leaves start falling it means that Halloween is not far away.
A night of fun and candy, children dressed up in a variety of costumes Halloween can be a very fun evening. But, not all dogs enjoy superheros, princesses and an assortment of ghosts and goblins showing up on their doorstep.
So, how can we help our dogs? First, start by taking a good objective look at your dog. Does your dog enjoy children? Does your dog take new things in stride, or will the costumes cause concern even though the children would be fine if they were dressed normally? Does your dog enjoy children a little too much - bouncing and jumping, pulling at their costumes? Will your dog be into the candy or bolt out the door?
Which options you choose will depend on your situation and your dog.
Whatever option you choose, thinking about it in advance of the actual night will help make your Halloween enjoyable and less stressful than just winging it.
Here's to a safe and enjoyable Halloween for all.