Here’s How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Holiday Season!

Hello everyone, Kathy and Sarah here!

Like every week, we're back with a new episode of Dog Sense, and our answers to your most burning questions!

This week's question? How to keep your dog safe during the holidays!

Yes, believe it or not, the holidays can be full of hidden dangers, and you have to be aware of them and make a plan!

For example: I'm talking guests coming in and out of the house (‘Close the door!’), I'm talking decorations laying around (‘what happened to the ornament I left on the table….?’), I'm talking hazardous chocolate tummy-upsetting (or worse!) food left out where your dog can self-serve everywhere, or how about lit candles that your dog can knock over?!!

And yes, even seasoned dog owners need to hear this, because you never know when your adult ‘well-behaved’ dog will decide to chew on a string of garland, or eat a food gift that was left out where he could reach it! 

So, without further ado, let's dive in!

Tips on Keeping Your Dog Safe During the Holidays

As I’ve already hinted at, the holidays can be full of hidden hazards. Lucky for you, Sarah and I are here to help.

Wondering how you can keep your canine best friend safe during the holidays? Keep reading!

  • Decorate with awareness: New decorations in the house will for sure catch  your dog’s attention. So make sure to keep them out of your dog’s reach! Trust us when we say that spending Christmas Eve at the emergency vet isn’t jolly.
  • Keep your guests informed: If you’re going to have guests, make sure they know your specific rules about interacting with your dog.
  • Don't bump your dog's training off your growing ‘To Do’ List: I know, I know… this time of year is extra busy, and you’re already moving things you should do (working out!) off your list. However, that doesn’t mean you should be bumping your dog’s walks or training off it. Remember: A tired dog is a happy dog! 

Sarah and I share even more tips in the episode above, so make sure to give it a listen!