How To Give Your Dog A Happy Holiday

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We all know that the holidays can get a little crazy when it comes to entertaining. This time of year can be especially stressful for pets who may not know what to think of all the noise and good cheer. Even the friendliest of dogs can be overwhelmed when their routine is disrupted.

One good suggestion is to make sure your dog has a place to go to escape the holiday madness. If you see your dog pacing, panting or trying to hide under the table, give him or her a break from the holidays for a while with a space of his own. A crate in a quiet corner or a closed off bedroom can make a good sanctuary for a stressed out dog. Some dogs may respond to all the commotion with a change in behavior including bad behaviors like eliminating in the house. Try to spend a little extra “quality time” with your dog to assure them they have not been forgotten.

As homes fill with holiday spirit, pets may be intrigued by the new sites, smells and tastes. Ribbons, wrapping paper, ornaments, tinsel, extension cords and gifts are appealing “chew toys” that may make your dog sick. Decorative lights are another unsafe attraction for pets to chew on. The extra cords and plugs of holiday lights and other fixtures can look like chew toys to pets. Tape down or cover cords to help avoid shocks, burns or other serious injuries. Unplug lights when you are not home.

Well intending family and friends may share holiday foods with your dog, causing them to develop a stomach upset or worse. To control excessive food intake by your dog but also meet your guests’ desires to feed them, dole out the treats your dog would normally receive and let your guests “treat” them.

The holidays can be a busy and stressful time, but it’s also a time to reconnect with your family, friends, and of course, pets. So be sure to take the proper precautions to ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

Jodi G. Thomson was born and raised in Seattle WA, she and her husband relocated to Houston TX in 2010. She enjoys writing and spending time with her husband and their pets.

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