Date updated: 29 11 2018
Trees, tinsel and treats. Lots of presents and plenty of people. What’s not to love about Christmas? Truth is, with everything turned upside down, the festive season can sometimes be a little overwhelming, not to mention hazardous, for your furry friends. With this in mind, here’s how to make sure that your pooch stays safe…
Dog-proofed Christmas trees
Something new and exciting has just appeared in the living room. Sparkly balls, lights, branches to chew at and even some boxes underneath: this must be the best new toy ever…
Christmas trees are made to be admired - and you can pretty much guarantee that your buddy will be drawn to it. For some dogs, the initial novelty wears off very quickly, while for others it’s viewed as one big potential plaything right through till January.
Dog decorating essentials
If these items suddenly appear in the home, there’s a good chance your dog will want to investigate them - so keep them out of the way.
Wrapping and decorating: try and do it when your buddy’s out!
When those decorations appear one after the other from their boxes, your dog is likely to want to get involved. Same goes if the paper, sellotape and scissors are out for wrapping. If you know your buddy can be nosy, it’s probably safer and easier to do these jobs when they’re busy doing something else in another room or out on their walk with another member of the family.
Party time: setting up a safe space
When the whole crew is suddenly at the door, it can be a lot for your dog to deal with. If they bark more than usual whenever the doorbell sounds, if they are panting or pacing up and down, these are all signs that they’re stressed out.
Play time: take it easy
Christmas can mean lots of young kids descending on the home - and the chances are, they’re very excited to play with their furry friend.
Make sure new intros are supervised, and especially with little ones, always have someone responsible in the room to ensure the play doesn’t get out of hand.
Dinner time: dog treats only
Your buddy’s Christmas dinner should consist of their fave thing from their regular diet list. Giving them something completely new might seem like a treat, but there’s a risk that it will disagree with them - and no-one wants to deal with the repercussions on the big day.
We love Christmas because it’s a welcome winter break from the same-old routine - but remember that your buddy actually loves that routine. So while you shouldn’t pass up the chance to pamper your pooch, when it comes to the essentials like meal times and daily walks, it’s worth making that extra effort to keep things as “normal” as possible.