Creating a Pawsitively Safe Christmas: A Guide to Dog-Friendly Holiday Homes

Creating a Pawsitively Safe Christmas: A Guide to Dog-Friendly Holiday Homes

The holiday season is upon us, and as we prepare to deck the halls and spread festive cheer, it's essential to ensure that our furry family members are included in the joyous celebrations. At Harringtons, we understand the importance of creating a safe and welcoming environment for your dogs during the holidays.

In this blog, we'll guide you through some paw-some tips on making your home safe for dogs at Christmas.

Trim the Tree with Care:

The Christmas tree is a centerpiece of holiday decorations, but it can pose a few hazards for your canine companions. Make sure your tree is securely anchored to prevent it from toppling over if curious noses come too close. Opt for pet-friendly decorations, avoiding small, breakable ornaments and tinsel that can be harmful if ingested.

Deck the Halls Thoughtfully:

When adorning your home with festive décor, consider your dog's safety. Keep electrical cords, lights, and batteries out of reach to prevent chewing. Use pet-friendly, non-toxic decorations, and be cautious with plants like poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly, which can be toxic to dogs if consumed.

Gift-Wrap Wisely:

The allure of gift-wrapped presents can be irresistible to dogs. Keep ribbons, bows and wrapping paper out of reach to prevent ingestion, which could lead to digestive issues. Consider using pet-friendly wrapping materials and store gifts in a dog-proof area until it's time to unwrap the presents.

Create a Cozy Retreat:

With the hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings, it's crucial to provide your dog with a quiet and comfortable space where they can retreat if festivities become overwhelming. Set up a cozy bed, some familiar toys, and water in a quiet room where your dog can relax and recharge.

Mindful Meal Planning:

While indulging in delicious holiday feasts, it's essential to be mindful of what your dog consumes. Some festive foods, such as chocolate, onions, garlic, and certain nuts, can be toxic to dogs - find out more in our blog here. Keep tempting treats out of their reach and politely remind guests not to share human food with your canine companions.

Watch the Door:

Holiday gatherings often mean more people coming and going. Keep a watchful eye on doors to prevent your dog from slipping out unnoticed. A stressed or overstimulated dog may be more likely to dart outside, so consider using a leash or keeping them in a secure area during busy times.

By taking a few precautionary measures and incorporating these dog-friendly holiday tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable Christmas for both your family and your four-legged friends. At Harringtons, we believe that every member of the family deserves a happy and healthy holiday season.

Wishing you and your furry companions a joyful and pawsitively safe Christmas!