Don't Let the Canine Grinch Spoil Your Christmas
Canine Grinch-like behaviours become increasingly troublesome during the holiday season. Households, filled with partying guests, add excitement for everyone, including the family pet. Food displayed on tables, shiny ornaments adorning trees, and colorfully wrapped presents provide irresistible temptations for our canine friends. Excited children race and play, and adults engaged in conversation and visiting, often overlook the Canine Grinch who quietly moves about the house eating goodies, playing with ornaments, and dragging off presents. Once in their possession many canines refuse to relinquish these treasures and may growl or snap at children who try to retrieve a new gift or a favorite treat.
Canines, like their human counterparts, can be affected by holiday excess. Rich food treats, increased excitement when entertaining, and a lack of rest, can make even the sweetest canine nervous and ill tempered. To make sure the canine Grinch doesn't visit your home, here are some Grinch prevention tips.
Make time in your busy holiday schedule to take your canine pal on a few short walks each day. Most dogs will happily endure the bitter cold to get a chance to explore a winter wonderland with you. If they are a short haired breed, consider dressing them up in some stylish canine outerwear. A walk during the busy season will help you and your canine pal to relax and enjoy this special time.
Teach your dog to avoid playing with Christmas lights, ornaments, and presents. When new things arrive in the house, your dog will want to inspect them. Command them to avoid unsafe objects with a firm, "No". Then redirect their attention to safe objects they can play with. Most dogs will respond respectfully and will heed your warning.
Designate a safe place for your dog to rest while you are entertaining. Some dogs can lie calmly on a mat or a blanket and will watch all the festive activities. Others will need to be removed from the excitement and should be placed in a quiet room or a dog crate.
Spend time with your canine pal this holiday season. Provide them with opportunities to get lots of exercise, plenty of rest, and keep them safe, warm and happy. Have a pawsitively wonderful Christmas!Noel Pepin -- Noel Pepin Canine Behaviour Specialists