As humans, gatherings normally mean celebrating something. To a dog this much activity, is called “Flooding”. Depending on how you handle the chaos will guide your dog to how they will react. Remember they are feeding off of how you are feeling. So be that faithful leader they have grown to love and rely on. Remember, your dog’s needs are the same. They will count on you for their welfare, safety and leadership.
Here are a few items to be mindful of:
– Being consistent with your behavior to them. Take them for a walk, work or train them, and play with them. Exercise will rest the soul.
– If you allow them to mingle with the guests, supervise both humans and dogs. Don’t make up or offer up excuses for their behavior. Be their mindful parent. And not all people are comfortable around dogs.
– Keep the Holiday food and treats away from them. Instead, give them treats or special dog food.
– Be careful of the holiday gifts given to your dog, many of the bones and treats are “marinated” in harmful chemicals that can upset your dogs system.
– Many plants are dangerous as well. Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs. Make sure they are kept in places your dog cannot reach.
– Do not put lights on the lower branches of your tree. They may get very hot and burn your dog.
– Review canine holiday gifts for safety. Small plastic toys or bones may pose choking hazards.
– Your dog may want to investigate wrapped packages; keep them out of reach.
– Keep burning candles on high tables or mantels, out of the way of your dog’s wagging tail.
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– Dogs do not have a sweat tooth! Chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that can be toxic to pets. Dark, Semi-sweet or Baker’s chocolate can be lethal to pets if ingested.
– Don’t feed your pet leftovers. Fatty leftovers (such as meat drippings or meat bones) can cause internal injury, upset stomachs, diarrhea or vomiting.
– Do not use edible ornaments, or cranberry or popcorn strings. Your dog may knock the tree over in an attempt to reach them.
– Packaging can cause choking or intestinal blockage. Foil wrappers can become as dangerous as razors when swallowed.
If you must reprimand you dog during this holiday time, make it swift and short. (Timing and duration) Always Reward good behavior and you will be on the right track for making the season a special time of year.
(some of these tips have been appreciated from Banfield and AKC.org)