But sometimes, the things I enjoy aren't the things my dogs might enjoy. That's especially true during the busy holiday season. The cooking, partying and decorating all appeals to me. But a lot of that can be really stressful or downright dangerous for my dogs.
Here's what I do to keep them safe.
First off, I don't bring them to parties or family gatherings. They rest in their crates while we're out and about, and they're thrilled to see us when we get home. While it would be fun to bring them to parties, there are risks at parties they just don't face at home, including:
- Unusual foods
- Strange people
- Strange dogs
- Fast-moving objects (like kids)
And finally, I don't give them people food, even though there is an abundance of it about during the holidays. There are so many ingredients in holiday foods that can be toxic to dogs, and even safe-seeming foods can cause sickness if the dogs eat too much. So I stick with the meals they're accustomed to, supplemented with dog-safe treats from BarkBox or my local pet shop. It might not be as exciting as a human meal, but it is bound to keep these dogs safer.