Keeping your dog safe & Happy this Holiday Season

Help your dog from becoming stressed over this holiday season. Many dogs get confused with all the new sights, scents and smells. Some dogs may even become fearful when things get too exciting Here are some tips to help keep your dog calm & safe.
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Nov. 14, 2012 - PRLog -- Media Contact:

Gerard Raneri  Bark Busters Dog Behavioral Master Therapist

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Nov. 14, 2012— It’s the  holiday seasons again!, Bark Busters Tucson, offers helpful holiday safety tips for dog owners on how to help keep their dogs safe and sound during the holidays.

“In planning for this holiday season’s festivities, it is important to keep your dogs in mind. While most of us welcome the smells, sights, sounds as well as lots of people of the season, holidays can also be chaotic—especially for our dogs,” said Gerard Raneri, dog behavioral therapist and Master trainer of Bark Busters Tucson USA. “ theHoliday season can interrupt a dog’s routine and create stress in some dogs. But by following our common-sense, easy tips, the holiday season can be cheery for everyone—including the family dog.”

Food Dangers and Kitchen Safety

Many holiday human foods can be harmful to dogs, causing  minor symptoms such as an upset stomach or as severe as diarrhea. Avoid giving your dog spicy foods,  grains such as bread dough, fresh herbs, alcohol beverages, caffeine and sweets of all kinds—especially those with chocolate or xylitol, an artificial sweetener.

extremely dangerous are cooked poultry bones. All cooked bones easily splinter, and the bone shards can cause choking, get stuck in your dog’s gums or possibly damage his intestines. Instead, treat your dog to “dog bones” specifically designed for him to chew. Always consult your veterinarian for suggestions.

Discourage your dog from foraging in the garbage—secure lids on all trashcans.

It’s natural that you’d want to share holiday treats with your dog. While a little taste of turkey or sweet potatoes can make your dog happy, don’t overdo it—too much of a good thing can make him very sick.

Tin foil, plastic wrap, and tooth picks, are extremely dangerous to your dog if swallowed.

Decorations are not playthings

Keep your dogs away from seasonal and  holiday type plants, many of which are poisonous, such as holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and amaryllis (a type of lily) lets not forget oleanders. Also be sure all potpourris are out of your dogs reach. Snow globes can contain antifreeze, which is toxic to dogs. Whether in the garage or in a snow globe, keep antifreeze products away from your happy, tail-wagging dog. If there is an antifreeze spill, keep your dog out of the room while you clean up the liquid. Dilute the spot with water and floor cleaner to ensure your dog does not lick the area later.

Many folks give cactus plants for gifts, its a good idea to keep them out of reach as well.

Keep electrical wires and batteries out of your pet’s reach. Chewing or biting anything electrical can cause him shock or burns.

Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. A lit candle knocked over by a swinging tail can burn your pet or cause a fire. Even unlit candles can be an issues because of the oils used to create the scent.

Slowly introduce your dog to the decorations around the house, wreathes colored lights, music, etc.

Christmas trees are hazardous to your dog

Anchor the tree to the ceiling or wall to prevent it from tipping over.

Hang non-breakable ornaments near the bottom of the tree.

Avoid putting tinsel on your tree. If ingested, tinsel can twist in your dog’s intestines and be deadly. Also avoid strung popcorn for garland, popcorn and string is not a good mix for your dog.

Don’t let your dog drink the Christmas tree water. The water may contain preservative chemicals, which can trigger severe indigestion in dogs. Stagnant plain water can breed bacteria and cause nausea or diarrhea to the pet that imbibes.

Regularly sweep up fallen pine needles, as they can puncture holes in a dog’s intestines if ingested.

If putting shiny wrapped presents under the tree, make sure your dog won’t get into them! Wrapping and shiny bow look like fun but, not for dogs.

Also, if you receive any holiday packages that contain food items (cakes, cookies etc.) DO NOT PUT THEM UNDER THE TREE!! Their sense of smell even makes its way through wrapping and they will be tempted to chew the package or, better yet, guard the tree so no one can get near it!

Help your dog feel safe and relaxed

Most dogs get very excited when guests arrive. To help your dog be calmer, exercise him prior to the festivities. After 30 minutes of walking or playtime, your dog will more likely be relaxed or want to nap.

As a general rule, don’t allow the family dog to greet unfamiliar guests since unusual activities and commotion can cause him extra stress.

Give your dog a break from the hubbub by putting him in his crate or in a quiet room with his doggie bed. Allow him to rejoin the festivities after guests have arrived.

Pets stressed by unfamiliar events typically pant more, so keep your dog’s water bowl filled with fresh water.

Pets like presents too!

Help your dog stay busy and out of the holiday trimmings by giving him fun, safe gifts and dog treats.

The Buster Cube™ and Kong™ are virtually indestructible puzzle toys that reward your dog with treats and keep him well entertained.

Please don’t give a pet as a surprise gift!

A cute puppy might seem like the perfect gift choice, but many of these holiday presents end up at the Southern Arizona Humane Society or Pima Animal Shelter. Owning a dog takes a genuine commitment of time and responsibility, and adoptive owners must be ready to participate in training and other activities. If someone you know seriously wants a dog, consider giving a leash, collar and a dog training certificate from Bark Busters along with adoption papers from a local saying a dog of the recipient’s choice comes with it.  This helps ensure the lucky person gets just the right pet to bring into the family.

“Following these simple tips will help make the festivities safe and happy for your whole family, including your canine companions,” added Raneri

About Bark Busters

Bark Busters, the world's largest, most trusted dog training company, started in Australia in 1989 and came to the United States in 2000. Since inception, more than 750,000 dogs have been trained worldwide using its dog-friendly, natural methods. With hundreds of franchised offices around the world, including locations in 40 states in the U.S., Bark Busters is continuing its mission to build a global network of dog behavioral therapists to enhance responsible dog ownership and reduce the possibility of maltreatment, abandonment and euthanasia of companion dogs. Bark Busters is the only international dog training company that offers guaranteed lifetime support. To fetch a trainer in your Tucson area, call 520-440-8848 nationally call 1-877-500-BARK (2275) or visit us at www dogtrainingtucsonaz   where dog owners can complete a Dog Behavioral Quiz to rate their dogs' behavior
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