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Make sure your dog is safe at Christmas

Christmas is a time for family and friends and for everyone to enjoy. Your home will be buzzing with people coming and going, but let’s not forget what your dog’s needs are.

Keep to your normal routine, go for your walks on time, feed your dogs on time, and don’t give them food that they do not need.

Be mindful that there are many foodstuffs around Christmas that are toxic to dogs, such as Christmas puddings, mince pies, Christmas cake, chocolate, grapes, raisins and onions amongst others.

Make sure your dogs are safe this Christmas. (23524035)
Make sure your dogs are safe this Christmas. (23524035)

Beware of the hidden dangers such as poinsettia plants, pine needles from the Christmas tree that may get stuck in and between the paws, trailing electric leads for Christmas lights, baubles, chocolate decorations on your tree etc.

If you suspect that your dog has ingested anything that it should not, do not delay - take it immediately to the vet, where it can be treated successfully if caught in time.

This time of year can be mystifying to a young dog, so try to find a quiet place where your dog can relax, such as a crate with a blanket over. Put a nice treat in there with him, a kong filled with frozen yoghurt or an antler that he can chew on.

I would not recommend giving them hide bones or hide toys as they may contain trace toxic elements from their manufacturing process and there may also be a risk of choking or blockage in the digestive tract. Remember that we all need a bit of time and space on our own to relax.

If you’re thinking about buying a dog or giving a dog as a Christmas present, my advice would be don’t. Remember a dog is for life and not just for Christmas. Dogs/puppies need a lot of time, care and attention and with all the other distractions it’s probably not only unfair on the dog but yourselves to introduce one into the family at this time of year.

Don’t get caught up in the euphoria, wait until after Christmas and if you still feel that you want a dog look into it then and then make sure you get a dog from a reputable breeder and not a puppy farm.

Get advice and make sure you see the mother and father in their home environment to assess their temperaments and if you are then still sure, go ahead. I would also recommend that you enrol into a training class as soon as possible to teach it basic socialisation skills and how to integrate with you and with others.

We would like to wish all of you and your dogs a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Lincs Training – Dog Training Made Easy and please keep it a safe one for you and your pets.

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