From all of us here to all of you there..... May the warmth of the Christmas Season be with you now and all through the New Year.
In all the hustle of Christmas remember to make sure the inside and outside of your home is critter safe. It is your responsibility to keep your animal(s) safe, just like you do for small children. Curiosity will get the better of young animals, dogs are no exception. They are going to investigate. Place all unsafe, off-limit items far from nosey muzzles. Be sure that cords inside and out are not within your dog's chewing vicinity. Electricity and dogs don't mix. Dogs have been known to tear down the newly decorated tree---be sure to anchor it. If packages are decorated with ornaments keep them away from the dog's reach. And if any chocolate is in the home put it away. Chocolate can be lethal to animals. Watch out for packaging material, specially those styrofoam ballls or "S" shaped pieces that are used to ship those wonderful gifts. It is not so wonderful when the dog ingests it and has to be rushed to the vet clinic. That styrofoam packing material, once in the dog, will swell up. That is not something you want to deal with. And monitor what your dog is eating during this time of excess. Humans pack on weight, so do dogs. Not good for either species. Be sure to play it safe and if in doubt don't allow it near your dog. Keep your common sense on all-alert status. Enjoy the season more by taking breaks with your dog. You both will benefit.
I have been in several car accidents over the years. I usually have a canine along with me in the car. Years ago I allowed my dogs to ride where ever they wanted with one exception being not in my lap if I was the driver. I never tolerated a dog being hyper active in the vehicle. They knew they were to be ladies and gentlemen. Then I started training hearing dogs and one sound the dogs were taught was the siren sound (ambulances, rescue units, etc.). The dogs always rode in the back seat in order to work that specific sound because after they heard it and identified it, they would very carefully climb from the back seat to the front, without compromising the deaf driver, and then lay down on the front seat. The driver instantly recognized that their dog was telling them that there was a siren sound. It would not have worked if the dog had had to be "belted" into the backseat as is fast becoming the norm today.
Further, I always travel with emergency supplies when I have a canine with me. Water, blanket, dry dog food, flashlight and lead are always with me and sadly, I've had to use them all over the years. So think ahead people, and make sure that you have prepared for emergencies that can and do occur. Any canine is precious cargo especially those canines that have been specially trained to assist their human partners.
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