My top 3 tips to ensure your four-pawed friend has a fun Christmas 😀
Christmas is a busy time of year with lots of people visiting the house and lots of hustle and bustle. This can be overwhelming for our dogs so we always set up a calm space for them to get away from it all.
- We use x-pens/child gates/crates etc to set up a separate area and we give our dogs stuffed kongs so that they can chill and chew and be left a lone for some quiet time. Likewise if you are visiting a friend or family member’s house this Christmas we recommend setting up something similar for your dog.
- With lots of things to do at Christmas, don’t forget that fido has no idea what Christmas is! Make time to interact, train and exercise your dog just like any other time of the year!
- Christmas is the time of year where we cook lots of yummy food! Don’t forget that there are lots of things that will make your dog ill if ingested. Food that has been set out can be tempting for our dogs, so as management keep it out of reach. If you dog has been taught boundary games, when the food is out, now is the time to use them-an awesome training opportunity!
About the Author: Lauren Langman is responsible for the design and development of all Devon Dogs classes, events and workshops. She competes in Agility at Grade 7, the highest rank of competition in the British agility arena. She regularly competes and wins at top agility events in the UK including Crufts and Olympia, and has represented the UK at World Agility Championship level on many occasions.