Or does he??
Think about the typical holiday scenario. Whether it is Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah, Solstice, Christmas, or New Year’s, your dog may be in jeopardy of becoming over-stimulated, over-fed, or stepped on. If you know guests are coming, here are a few things to let them know ahead of time:
- Dogs cannot, under any circumstances, eat grapes, chocolate, alcohol, cranberries, or raisins. There are several other no-no’s that you can discuss with your veterinarian.
- Fido must have a place to ‘get away from it all’. Give him a room to himself or crate him in a quiet place from time to time so that he doesn’t get cranky and display behavior that is socially unacceptable.
- Do not let young children torture him! Children don’t understand that it’s cruel to poke, corner, or tease animals unless you explain it to them! Do not let little kids “play” with the dog if they are unsupervised!
- Do not allow Fido to beg at the table. It’s just bad manners and can lead to digestive problems.
- Keep in mind that, if people are entering and exiting your home, your dog may find an opportunity to ‘escape’! Keep an eye on him or have a guest know where he is at all times.
If you need information on this topic or on any other dog-related issue please feel free to call me at 856.349.2508. There is never a fee for phone or email consultations.
Next week’s topic will be entitled, “Pet Store Purchase vs. Adoption”. As always Cleary’s notebook encourages dialogue so your comments are welcome!
Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)
Brother of the Wolf, LLC
700 Market St, Gloucester City NJ 08030
Pictured above: "Annabelle", rescued from an Arkansas puppy mill. She will soon be fostered at Brother of the Wolf and is available for adoption through Bald is Beautiful Small Dog Rescue. Please see their website if you are interested in adopting Annabelle or any of the other 6 dogs rescued from a life of deprivation and neglect in an Arkansas puppy mill.