Last year I did a 2 part Thanksgiving Safety Tips blog, it was well received and I have had many requests that I run them again. So, I have decided to do just that. Please enjoy part 1 of Thanksgiving Safety Tips for your Dog.
With Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, I wanted to post some
safety tips for your dogs. Today I want to focus just on the people
aspect of the day. You may have people coming over to your home, you
may be going to someone else's home with your dog or just on your own,
leaving your dog at home.
Let's start with people coming to your home. Depending on the
temperament of your dog, you may want to crate your dog as people
arrive, then let your pooch out to roam and explore and get use to all
the new people in your home on their own. If you have a shy or fearful
dog, you will most certainly want to do this and instruct all the people
to just let the dog approach them, not chase after your dog for a pat
on the head. As well intentioned as that can be, your dog will just be
If your dog is a jumper, you may want to crate him or just put on his
leash and get him to sit as people enter the home. You wouldn't want
your dogs paws to ruin your guests clothes or end up in the pumpkin pie!
Taking your dog to someone else's home can be nice, since your best
friend will get to join in the day with you. But it can also be
tricky. You should first make sure the home you are visiting is okay
with your dog coming into it and likewise, you should make sure it is
okay with your dog to go there. For example, will there be children
there, other dogs, lots of people? If all of these things are okay with
your dog, have a fun day. But if these are scary things for your dog,
you may want to rethink bringing your pooch along or bring their crate
or bed so they have something to comfort them. Also, having their own
space will allow them to go somewhere to stay out of trouble.
Lastly, if you are leaving your dog at home all day, pay attention to
the time. Though your dog may be fine for 8 hours, don't push it. Try
to get home to let them out in a reasonable amount of time. It will
help to do a big walk before you leave or if you have time, do a hike in
the morning. Even a walk with some fetch time will be good. Just try
to get some energy out before you ask them to stay home all day.
No matter what you do, be safe and have fun and take your dog's needs into consideration for all your plans.