As of December 1st, I feel it is “very acceptable” to start thinking Christmas!
My tree will be up on the 1st, my Christmas jumpers will be out on the 1st and I will start making preparations for the big day! I therefore thought it would be good practise to share with you all, some helpful tips for keeping you and your pooches safe (and happy) this Christmas:
Tip 1: Make sure Christmas foods are kept well away from our four legged friends – advent calendars, selection boxes, Christmas cakes/puddings, stuffing, gravy…the list is endless! This is because (among other things) chocolate, raisins, onions, and garlic are poisonous to dogs.
Check out our dog friendly Christmas Menu here: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/news/doggy%20christmas%20menu.pdf
Tip 2: Ensure decorations are safely positioned and out of the reach of your dog – tinsel, baubles, fairy lights etc all very hazardous to dogs.
Tip 3: Make plans for the ‘big day’ - ensuring that your dog’s needs are considered, as well as your own. Walks needed to be scheduled in, as well as play time and opportunities for quite rest. Our homes become very chaotic over the festive period and this can be very stressful for our dogs, if not managed.
Tip 4: Supervise visitors with your dog – your dog is likely to meet many ‘new’ people over the Christmas period; some of which may be children.
Advice about safe interaction and keeping your family and friends safe can be found here: https://www.learnwithdogstrust.org.uk/be-dog-smart/
Tip 5: Finally, please remember – ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’...
Refrain from purchasing dogs and/or puppies as Christmas gifts. A dog is a life-long commitment that has to be thoroughly considered.
Santa doesn't have room for dogs on his sleigh! :)