Have a Safe Thanksgiving With Your Dogs

Thanksgiving is approaching and there are many potential dangers to your dog that you might not be aware of or just might not think about with the commotion of the holiday season approaching. Here are some tips in keeping your dog safe during Thanksgiving:

  • Do not feed your dog bones from the turkey (or any other meat). Cooked bones are very dangerous for dogs because they might splinter and cause major problems. Make sure that the leftover turkey is kept up high where your dog cannot counter surf for it! And when disposing, make sure they can’t get into the garbage; the best thing is to take the garbage out right away.
  • As tempting as it is to give Fido leftovers, try to resist. Onions are toxic to dogs, and turkey skin contains a lot of fat that your dog might not be used to and it might be hard for them to digest (stomach ache!). Also make sure that your guests know not to feed your dog leftovers or check with you first. Sometimes it’s very tempting when they give those puppy dog eyes!
  •  With family members and friends coming over for the holiday, make sure your dog is comfortable with all the commotion. If your dog tends to bolt out of the door or gets uncomfortable around strangers (or young children) it might be best for them to be in a separate room with their food and water or in a crate where they are comfortable.
  • As always when you have company coming over, make sure your dog has their ID tags on just in case a door or gate gets left open or your dog gets spooked and bolts out the door.
  • If you have a young dog, puppy, or a high-strung dog, it’s a good idea to take them for a long walk to get them tired before your guests arrive. A tired dog is always a better-behaved dog!

What will you do this Thanksgiving to keep your pups safe? Mine will probably get a little bit of this with their dinner!

Happy Thanksgiving!


4 Important Tips on Moving With Your Dog

I am moving into a new apartment in one week and will be taking Zoey and Fāza (my puppy I kept from Zoey’s litter). Many people don’t think about the stress that moving might have on your dog(s) because they are too wrapped up in the stress that moving has on them! But the truth is that dogs are very observant and know when there is something different happening, and that might be pretty scary for them. Dogs like consistency in their lives and when you all of a sudden change their familiar surroundings and routines, this might cause a lot of unwanted stress.

Here are some tips in helping your dog’s stress levels and safety during your move:

1. Safety comes first! With people and movers going in and out of your house, you want to make sure your dog is in a safe, confined place. Whether this is in a crate, shut in a locked room (so movers don’t open it!), or in the backyard, you don’t want your dog getting out of the house or getting in the way of movers. Also make sure that your dog has their ID tags on just in case they get out of the house or the car during the moving process.

2. Keep with the routine. If possible, throughout the moving process, try to keep their routine as consistent as you can. Feed them at the same time every day, don’t skip their daily walks or playtime, and try to keep their toys and other items with them, especially once you get to the new pad!

3. Check out your new place. Before letting your dog loose in the new place or in the new backyard, make sure to do a thorough walk through of both. Walk the perimeter of the yard and make sure it looks safe for your pooch. Keep them in their crate or confined area until all the people/movers are finished moving; escaping in a new area could be especially dangerous and scary for your dog.

4. Beware of moving hazards. Especially with puppies, make sure that they are being supervised around all of your boxes. Boxes can be very tempting to chew up and there might be things inside the boxes that you don’t want your dog chewing on! Also, specifically with small dogs, be careful when moving furniture and other heavy objects, you don’t want your dog to get in the way and possibly get injured.

How have your dogs reacted and adapted to moving? My dogs will be going from a house (which is all they’ve ever known) to an apartment, any specific tips for me?