Christmas Day Tips: Dog Edition

Introduction

Everyone in your family will know the expectation on Christmas Day. There will be a time you can rise, rules for how to behave and criteria for activities held throughout the day. For the day to go smoothly, there needs to be a sense of order. However, your dog doesn't know that. All they know is that everyone is up far too early, there are delicious smells in the house, and there are many new items lying on the floor to chew. It's equally as impawtant to cater to your dog as it is your children. Here's how.

Food Choices

Before the big day, it pays to be aware of what your dog can and can't eat. While you may like to treat your furry friend, there will be ingredients that upset your dog's tummy and can even be dangerous. Treat them to skinless and boneless turkey and maybe a little bit of mashed potato to keep them happy, but stick to their regular diet.

Hazards

Your home will become a minefield over Christmas, with people and items lying everywhere! Amidst this chaos, spare a thought for your furry friend. Don't leave brand new toys lying on the floor that they will see as their own, and be light-footed to avoid trampling on your furry friend. You may like to set aside an area in your home only for them.

Keep Them Warm

If it's too cold for you to step outside without a jacket, then it's too cold for your dog. Even though your pooch might be getting a little underfoot, it's impawtant not to hurry your pets outside so you can enjoy family time. They are family too. On Christmas Day, give them a warm area of your home that's quiet and out of the way.
Need a hand? Let a dog walker from Wag! help out!

Be Picky With Plants

Did you know that many Christmas plants are toxic for dogs and cats? While you might like the festive cheer in your home on Christmas Day, play it safe. Buy plastic Mistletoe and Poinsettia or bypass the tradition altogether. Ingesting poisonous plants can have fatal consequences for your beloved pet.

Safe Place

Some dogs get anxious with groups of people or strangers. Christmas Day can, as a result, be more of a terrifying time than a jolly one. Before the big day, set aside a quiet area in your home with a bed, treats, and toys. Encourage them to use it before Christmas so they will be more likely to retreat there on the day.