Christmas can be an overwhelming time of year, especially for dogs. Loud noises, strange smells, travelling, and the occasional over-friendly relative! I’ve compiled a list of helpful tips and thoughts that help us have a chilled Christmas with a happy Tilly.
Things to keep away from curious canines:
- Breakable ornaments
- Electrical wires
- Mistletoe, Poinsettia, Ivy and Holly plants
- Chocolate (particularly hanging ornament ones!)
- Cooked bones
- Onions, leeks, raisins/grapes
- Alcohol (keep any full glasses out of reach)
- Burning candles
- Wrapping paper, ribbon, tags, tape and tinsel (can be harmful if ingested)
- Mince pies and fruitcake
If you are unsure about what not to feed your dog, contact your veterinarian.
If you’re like us and travel for the festivities, then you’ll most likely be packing a bag of doggy essentials as well as the usual car prep. Here’s my item list:
- Dog harness + seat belt
- Water + bowl
- Poo bags
- Treats, Snacks/Chews
- Crate + Blanket or dog bed
- Favourite toy/ball
- Dog Food
Settling in 🐕
Depending on how anxious your dog gets during the festive period, it may be worth looking into calming supplements. Tilly is a dog that enjoys seeing family a little too much at times. To help her settle in and calm down, I opted for a natural product.
We have been using this herbal tincture; You can add it directly into food, or drop onto bedding. It is made from Valerian, Vervain, and rather appropriately, Mistletoe (not the berries).
Alone time 💤
If you’ve met Tilly you’ll know about her ‘sprinkling’ habit. She tends to have little accidents when greeting people she hasn’t seen in a while. So, as you can imagine Christmas is fun.
This is the main motivator in keeping Tilly in either the kitchen, garden, or crate. Purely for the sake of the carpet, and people’s shoes!
Things like crackers and champagne corks can spook some dogs, so you may wish to keep your dog in a separate room too. A ‘safe-zone’ is really important so your dog has somewhere to get away from the noise, and reduce stress.
If there’s a lot going on, adding a blanket over the top of your crate may help keep your dog calm, and relaxed.
Keep them busy 💭
It’s no small task making sure dogs avoid all those toxic and poisonous festive foods. An easy fix for us, is to keep Tilly busy with a time consuming snack.
She’s always happy take her prize to her crate and chow down. This time is was a dried chicken foot, the least smelly one I could find!
Fresh air 🍂
Getting out on a walk may not seem like fun when it’s wet, cold, and you’re full of mince pies, but your dog will thank you for it.
Squeezing in an early morning walk helps Tilly settle for car journeys.
This year the sun sets at 15:56 on Christmas day, so if you’re walking after then, some high visibility gear and torches may be needed.
Sticking to your usual walking routine will help your dog adjust to all the new sites and sounds.
Last but not least… Santa Paws! 🎅🏼
I don’t know about your pup, but Tilly certainly isn’t missing out on any gifts this year, and a new toy is the perfect thing to keep her busy. Purplebone sent Miss T some early Christmas gifts, and the big bone is a BIG HIT!
I hope this blog was useful for you and your dog, if I missed anything or you have any questions, leave a comment!
Amy 🙋 & Tilly 🐩
*We were provided with a Purplebone Jumper and toys gratis, in return for an honest review, and inclusion. All opinions remain my own. All other items were purchased by myself.