The holiday season is a time of joy, warmth, and togetherness, and for many of us, that includes our beloved canine companions. As we gear up for festive gatherings with friends and family, it’s important to consider the safety and wellbeing of our furry family members, so we’ve compiled some essential tips to ensure a safe holiday party for you and your dog.
Create a Safe Space
Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings, it’s easy for our furry friends to feel overwhelmed. Establish a quiet and comfortable space where your dog can retreat if the festivities become too much. Set up their bed, toys, and water bowl in a designated area, providing a familiar and calming environment away from the noise and excitement.
Mind the Decorations
Holiday decorations can add flair to your home, but some can pose risks to your dogs. Ensure that decorations such as tinsel, ornaments, and lights are securely placed out of reach. Curious dogs might be tempted to explore, leading to potential hazards like ingesting small objects or chewing on electrical cords. Instead, hide the cords and opt for pet-friendly decorations made from wood, paper, or fabric to minimize risks.
Watch the Food
Holiday feasts are a highlight of the season, but not all festive foods are safe for dogs. Chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, and certain artificial sweeteners can be toxic to dogs. Remind guests to refrain from sharing table scraps with your furry friend and be cautious about leaving plates unattended. Prepare a separate dog-friendly feast if you want your pet to partake in the celebration.
Keep an Eye on Guests
Not everyone is accustomed to interacting with dogs, and the excitement of a gathering can be overwhelming for some pets. Ensure that guests understand your dog’s boundaries and comfort levels. Remind them to approach slowly and avoid sudden movements, especially if your dog is not familiar with them. Supervise interactions between children and dogs to prevent unintentional rough play.
Plan for Bathroom Breaks
Amidst the festivities, it’s easy to overlook your dog’s bathroom needs. Make sure to schedule regular walks or bathroom breaks to prevent accidents indoors.
Keep Their Collar On
Just in case your pup manages to escape through the front door with all the guests coming in and out, ensure they have their collar and ID tag on so they can be identified if lost and found.
Bring Your Pup for an Overnight Stay at Dogtopia
If your dog is not comfortable with the crowds and noise that come with parties, bring them in for a day of play and an overnight stay at Dogtopia. They’ll enjoy a day full of dog-friendly holiday fun in a clean, safe, and supervised environment and sleep through the night peacefully in their own home-style crate or suite (available at select locations). Find a Dogtopia near you at dogtopia.com/locations.
By taking a few proactive steps, you can ensure that your holiday gathering is not only fun for you but also safe and stress-free for your canine companions. With a little planning, you can create a holiday atmosphere that everyone, furry friends included, can enjoy.