How to have a safe Christmas with a dog

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, where people come together for good food, good company and the exchanging of gifts. However, busy households and party atmospheres can be stressful for our beloved pets. All that great food and decoration can also be too much of a temptation and pose many risks as well. Here are some tips to help your pooch have a calm, safe and happy festive period:

  1. Exercise pets before guests arrive

For those hosting parties or festive celebrations, try to ensure that dogs are exercised before guests begin to arrive. This enables them to feel calmer, gives them a chance to burn off excess energy and makes them more tired and likely to take a nap while the celebrations are taking place.

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  1. Don’t be tempted to treat your dog with inappropriate food

Our favourite Christmas party food also happens to be some of the most dangerous for our dogs. Despite the begging and puppy dog eyes, it’s imperative to avoid giving in and feeding your dog anything they shouldn’t have. Let guests know the rules too. Some of the worst offenders, that can even prove fatal to dogs include alcohol, chocolate, raisins, grapes, Christmas pudding, coffee, sweets and some nuts.

  1. Keep decorations out of harms way

Both dogs and cats can believe that baubles look like toys, however, if plastic or glass baubles break inside their mouths, there will be problems! Decorations that are edible also pose a risk, like candy canes, for example. Tinsel and lights also pose an electric shock or choking risk, so keep an eye on these too.

  1. Get your pet something special

Rather than giving your pet edible treats that might tempt them to sneak other food they shouldn’t have, treat them instead to a new toy to keep them busy or a smart new collar. Find something stylish and designer on a site like Designer Dog Collars from a site like

  1. Clear away wrapping paper straight away

As soon as gifts have been unwrapped, tidy away any paper, bows and ribbons etc as these can prove highly dangerous if chewed, ending up in a pet’s intestines.

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  1. Create a safe space

Parties, noise and crowded homes can all get a little too much for some pets so it’s important to set aside a designated space for them to retreat to when they’ve had enough of the festivities. Leave a TV on in a separate room or play some calming music to mask the noise of what’s happening in the rest of the house.


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