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A PAW-sitively Happy Holiday

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By   |   27 Nov 2019

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget how all the excitement affects our furry friends. To help keep the season happy for you and your dog, here are a few tips.

Grade School Level – as usual, this is always a major factor in your dog’s level of success. Avoid environments that exceed your dog’s capabilities. With an abundance of food and aromas, guests coming to your house and presents under the tree, your dog may do best in its crate or tethered out of the way of too much excitement. Advocate for your dog and create an environment for them to put their best paw forward!

  • Food – Bones – Stick to raw bones, not cooked bones from a turkey or other meat dishes
  • Chocolate – The holidays are filled with nummy desserts and treats. Keep the chocolate away from your dog.
  • Xylitol – This “sugar-free” sweetener is toxic for dogs even in low doses. Certain brands of peanut butter, ice cream, gum and other treats may contain xylitol, so check your labels!
  • Plants – Some holiday plants, such as holly and mistletoe, are poisonous for dogs, and while poinsettias are not fatal, they can create digestive issues.
  • Decorations – Keep low hanging decorations and glass or plastic ornaments out of your dog’s reach. Be mindful of electrical cords and Christmas lights, and secure your Christmas tree so your dog doesn’t knock it over.

Carve out more than a slice of turkey: Try to keep up with your dog’s regular meal times and training routine during the holidays. Carving out even just a few minutes a day for training and spending time with your dog will prove to keep your dog on track and feeling like a happier holiday camper.

Every member of your family wants to feel the warm fuzzies of the holiday season. By creating an environment in which your dog can be safe and feel calm and content, you can all enjoy a peaceful and happy season. If you find yourself in need of any assistance or holiday inspiration for your four-legged pal, be sure to reach out to Full House Dog Training at (801) 244-0303.

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