'tis the season to be freaky!
In the eyes of your dog(s), the Holidays
are a time of change.
A tree, the likes of which they normally see outside, arrives inside the house. ("Great, an indoor bathroom!") It is often set up in an area that breaks their outside watch position (blocking a picture window or doorwall).
This odd inside tree also gets covered with really fun looking dangly things - which must be tasted and pushed around.
Next, flashing lights will really stimulate many dogs, especially visual breeds such as herding dogs.
THEN, after the tree arrives, strange items appear underneath, with glittery ribbons and other tantalizing ornaments. These must be tasted and maybe removing the outer covering would be a lot of fun. My dogs can always find the gifts wrapped for them - these cannot be left under the tree!
The topper is your attitude during this fine season. We all know how stressful and rushed the holidays have become. It may look to your dog like you've really gone off the deep end this time!
Things you can do to minimize risk and maintain routine (which dogs need)
Have a safe and Happy Holiday!
Pam Young, LVT
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