Memorable Holidays with Your Dog
Looking forward to the holidays with your dog?
We never tire of seeing festive holiday pictures of our Doodles in front of twinkling Christmas trees or curled up in front of roaring fires. Celebrating the holidays with our furry companions truly is magical.
There are so many things about the Christmas season that your Doodle loves, especially all the extra time with YOU!
Doodles love having their families around the home and there are so many fun activities you can enjoy together!
- Hikes on a cold, crisp day
- Running around a snowy hillside or even sledding together
- Extra time on the couch with the family cheering on their favorite sports team or watching a Christmas movie
Of course, Christmas time also brings the hustle and bustle of extended family and friends passing in and out of your home. Most Doodles love all the extra attention and here’s a few things to keep in mind to help your pet have a wonderful holiday:
- Take time to make sure your Doodle feels secure and loved while you have guests.
- Be mindful of time that they spend alone or in their crate while you are enjoying Christmas activities away from home.
- Make sure that your furry buddy gets plenty of exercise and human interaction. (Puppies under six months of age shouldn’t be in a crate for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time.)
Christmas also brings lots of exciting items around your home – decorations, wrapping paper, ribbons, trees, plants, twinkling lights, and so much more! Doodles are curious and will likely be interested in your beautiful Christmas decor and will want to explore it all with their mouths! Some potential hazards to be aware of include
- New electrical cords for your Christmas lights. Inspect them regularly and make sure that your Doodle isn’t chewing on them.
- New holiday decorations. Your pup will think these are thrilling new toys just for her! Take the time to properly train her to avoid them. Using a natural bitter spray on the items will help to deter her curiosity.
- Toxic holiday plants. Never allow your Doodle to chew on greenery or holiday plants. Poinsettias, holly, ivy, berries, and mistletoe are either toxic to pets or can cause stomach issues when consumed in large quantities.
And, of course, the Christmas season brings amazing holiday foods!
Your Doodle loves all the smells of Christmas just like you do and will be eager to snatch up all the things that drop on the floor while you are cooking and baking.
- Avoid sharing bones, onions, garlic, chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, and candy that contains the artificial sweetener xylitol.
- Make your Doodle her own special holiday treats! There are many wonderful natural recipes online. Doodles especially love pumpkin and peanut butter, and you can even make them in fun holiday shapes!
We hope all our families enjoy a very special Christmas making incredible memories. Be sure to take lots of pictures to remember this special season together!
You might be interested in our Shopping List as you anticipate this holiday season with your dog.
Also check out our article about ‘Doodle Gift Ideas‘.