Holiday Safety tips for Your Dog

christmas dogsThe holiday season is here, and many of us are busy shopping, decorating, and entertaining. While you are enjoying festivities with family and friends, don’t forget that your canine companion needs special attention as well. Here are a few holiday safety tips for your dog to help keep you and your dog safe and happy this time of year.


It may be easier said than done, but it is important to find time for relaxation in the midst of your Christmas and New Year’s Eve preparations. Dogs sense higher levels of activity and energy around them, and can show signs of stress while you are busy baking, decorating, and entertaining.

Try to sit quietly with your dog at least once a day, and give her your undivided attention. Make sure she gets her usual walk or free play with her canine friends. If you don’t have time to spare, Daily Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters can provide a professional dog walker in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach to ensure your pet has fun while working off energy.

Remove Temptations

‘Tis the season for yummy holiday goodies, and we know how difficult it can be to pace ourselves with all the tempting treats around. Our dogs may also realize how fun it is to dig into wrapped presents under the tree. Those cookies and candies meant only for human consumption might smell too good to resist. The stuffed snowman decorating your entryway could be mistaken for a brand new chew toy. Holiday safety tips for your dog. 

Unless you know for certain your dog will ignore these temptations, it’s a good idea to keep them inaccessible, especially when you are not at home. Always err on the side of caution. Holiday safety tips for your dog. 

Fireworks Fears

As New Year’s Eve draws closer, be aware that many communities celebrate with fireworks displays, and allow their sales to the public. Fireworks can be as loud as 190 decibels, in a range high enough to be audible and uncomfortable to canine ears.

Some dogs do not seem bothered by them while others may be in emotional distress after the first whistle and boom, which may occur well before New Year’s Eve. Don’t be caught off guard by early or late use of noisy aerial displays by neighbors.

Dogs who are startled by these sudden loud noises often try to escape and hide, even from confined areas thought to be secure. If they are successful, canines could become more confused and frightened. Fearful dogs might run away from anyone who tries to help them – possibly into street traffic where they can be hurt or even killed. Holiday safety tips for your dog. 

If your dog is terrified of these loud noises, make sure he is in a secure location and unable to escape from your house or yard. Try playing music or have the television on to mask outside sounds, and be reassuring and calm around him. Your dog should be back to normal when the fireworks are over. For more information read my previous blog on fireworks and dogs.

These are just a few ways to help you and your dog have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. Click here for more Holiday safety tips for your dog.

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