What a joy it can be to include our dogs in holiday celebrations. And, for many pups, road trips are a merry delight. Here’s Dog E’s Dish on how to have a safe and happy holiday season with your beloved hound.
Travel tips: If your holiday plans include a long car ride, give your pup plenty of time digest his meal before hitting the road. Eager eyes glancing back at you from your rearview mirror are WAY better than hearing the gurgle of a wobbly tummy from the vibration of the car.
Crates and seat belt harnesses are also super nifty to keep your pup in place and extra safe, en route.
Safety When stopping for potty breaks, leash your pup BEFORE you open the car door. New smells and sounds can excite or frighten pups, causing them to bolt.
Speaking of staying safely by your side, a leash is also handy at holiday celebrations where family and friends are often coming and going. Your dog belongs inside with you, toasty and warm.
Routines: The holidays wreak havoc on our habits. Help your hound stay happy by sticking to potty break, exercise, and chew toy schedules during travel, and when you arrive at your destination.
Tempted to skip your dog’s morning walk or tug game because your belly aches from too much cake? If your dog doesn’t get the exercise he needs, you may be at the mall with crowds of last-minute shoppers replacing destroyed gifts. An early morning alarm is way more jolly than replacing a thoughtful present with a last-minute trinket because of doggie boredom.
Another great way to keep your dog busy is providing stuffed chew toys. Always give toys and play games BEFORE naughty behavior ensues, so you’re not inadvertently rewarding unwanted antics.
Enjoy an uneventful holiday season with these easy tips sure to make your doggie smile.