It is 57 days before Christmas joyously explodes all over the living room floor with paper and bows, little toys and big toys, flutes and guitars, and lots of cookies, candies and treats. Time allows us to consider all of this fun through the eyes of our family dog and take some action to help provide a great holiday season for your best friend.
A few things you want to watch out for that are harmful to dogs include:
Set up plastic baskets to help children and adults put their toys in after opening. If they want to take one out to play with them, do so away from the dog, where there is no chance of him gobbling up the little solider's laser gun. Get down to the eye level of your dog and determine where your snack dishes will be set out. Is there easy access to the bowls? If yes, move them up higher or set up a snack bar on the table for people to fill up a small plate with their favorites. Let your guests know before they arrive that the dog is not to be fed from the table, or from their plates. I like to say my dogs are allergic to certain food ingredients to ensure my heedings are taken seriously. Also plan for large garbage bags before present unwrapping occurs so that strings and ribbons can immediately be placed securely away to avoid Fido gobbling up something that will take surgery to remove.
Check in tomorrow for another tip, and wishing all you and yours the happiest of holidays!
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'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.