Bark Busters Offers Dog-Friendly Tips To Make This Holiday Season Merry
December 04, 2008 // Franchising.com // Englewood, Colo. ——In the spirit of the coming season, Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company, offers helpful holiday tips for the estimated 44.8 million U.S. dog owners on how to keep their dogs safe and happy during the holidays.
"In planning for this season's holiday festivities, it is important to keep your pets in mind. While most of us welcome the sights, sounds and smells of the season, holidays can also be chaotic—especially for dogs," said Your Name, dog behavioral therapist and trainer, Bark Busters USA. "Holiday festivities can disrupt a dog's routine and present potentially dangerous circumstances. But by following a few common-sense tips, the holidays can be cheery for everyone—including the family dog."
- Avoid Christmas tree disasters. Christmas trees are a wonderful tradition, but they can lead to problems if you have a curious canine.
a. Prevent the tree from tipping. Anchor it to the ceiling or wall.
b. Hang non-breakable ornaments near the bottom of the tree.
c. Tinsel can be deadly when eaten. It can twist in your dog's intestines and cause serious problems, so do not put it on your tree.
d. Don't let your dog drink the Christmas tree water. It often contains chemicals to help the tree last longer; these chemical can cause severe indigestion in dogs.
e. Pine needles can cause health problems. If ingested, they can puncture holes in your dog's intestines. Regularly sweep up fallen pine needles to avoid a trip to the emergency animal clinic.
- Mistletoe, poinsettias and amaryllis can be toxic. Be aware of these poisonous holiday plants and keep your pets away from them.
- Keep snow-globe snow in the globe. Many snow globes contain antifreeze, which is extremely toxic to dogs—so it's best to keep snow globes and all antifreeze out of the reach of a happy, tail-wagging dog. If there is an antifreeze spill of any kind, send your dog out of the room while you clean up the liquid. Dilute the spot with water and floor cleaner to make sure your dog does not lick these harmful chemicals later.
- Holiday sweets are not dog treats. Candy, cookies, cakes, peppermints—and especially chocolate—can trigger life-threatening illnesses in dogs. Keep all sweets away from your dog and in a place where they cannot be reached.
- Make no bones about it. Cooked turkey and chicken bones are not for dogs as they can easily break, causing choking or bone shards to get stuck in your dog's gums. Stick with "dog bones" specifically designed for dogs to chew. Ask your local veterinarian for suggestions.
- A relaxed dog is a good dog. Most dogs are excitable when guests arrive. Exercise your dog prior to the arrival of guests. After 30 minutes of walking or playing, most dogs will be more relaxed or ready to take a nap. As a general rule, it's best not to allow the family dog to greet unfamiliar guest because commotion and unusual circumstances can cause stress for dogs. Give your dog a break in a quiet room with a familiar doggie bed or blanket or in his "den." Allow your canine companion to join the festivities after the initial commotion of arrival has subsided.
- Keep the liquids flowing! When pets are stressed by unfamiliar circumstances, they typically pant more, so keep fresh water readily available for them to drink.
- Beware of cold and snowy weather. While it might be convenient to put your dogs outside when guests arrive for holiday festivities, dropping temperatures and snow can be dangerous to pets. In addition, never let your pet roam freely, as icy roads can make it hard for cars to stop if your dog wanders into the street.
- Do not give pets as surprise gifts! A cute and cuddly puppy might seem like the perfect gift choice, but many of these holiday presents end up at animal shelters. A dog takes a real commitment of time, and adoptive owners must be ready to participate in training and managing the responsibility of their new family member. If you know someone who's serious about wanting a dog, consider giving a leash, collar or dog training certificate from Bark Busters, along with a note saying a dog of the recipient's choice comes with it. This will help ensure the lucky person receives the dog he or she wants to have as part of the family.
- Add your pet to your gift list. Help your dogs stay occupied and out of the holiday decorations by giving them their own gifts. The Buster Cube™ or a Kong™, for instance, both are nearly indestructible toys that will distract your dog for long periods of time.
"'Tis the season for all things merry—and that includes your furry friends," added Your Last Name. "Following these simple tips will help make the festivities safe and happy for you and your canine companions."
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, nearly 400,000 dogs have been trained worldwide using its dog-friendly, natural methods. With 250+ franchised offices in 42 states and more than 400 offices in 10 countries, 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. SPCA International selected Bark Busters dog behavioral training services as the "Best of the Best" in its category. No other training company or dog trainer received such a distinction.