Ways to Keep Your Pup Off The “Naughty List” This Holiday Season!
Keep Their Routine Consistent as Much as Possible
We know that dogs aren’t huge fans of changes in their schedule, and with friends and family in and out during the holidays, it can become chaotic! Try to keep feeding, sleeping, and potty schedules as close to normal as possible to ensure no naughty habits start up!
Don’t Force Interactions
Your pup will potentially be meeting new people or be in new environments. Never force them to greet new people, children, or dogs and keep all interactions positive and quick until you know they are comfortable. Separate them in another room, playpen or crate if needed.
Keep Them Busy
The hustle and bustle of the holidays can lead to us missing some important time with our dogs like walks, training, interactive play, and daily cuddle sessions. Have some new toys and chews on hand for those moments when you just can’t spend the necessary time with your pup. If you don’t give them a fun job to do, they’ll find their own work– possibly something like unwrapping gifts under the tree, or even eating them!
Watch What They Eat
Our pups will be around some very tempting treats in the next few weeks! Manage their environment if necessary and don’t let them eat dangerous foods like chocolate, grapes, onions, alcohol, many types of nuts, and artificial sweeteners. Also watch out for toxic plants like poinsettia, mistletoe and ivy. Once gifts are being opened, keep all small objects or toys away, as they can be choking hazards.