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Tips for enjoying the Festive fun with your pooch

'Christmastime, mistletoe and wine..' sing it with me...

Its that most wonderful time of the year where we get to eat chocolate in the morning and for a few days almost all our normal routines go out of the window as we eat, drink and be merry.

Even though 2020 has been a downright crazy year, it's good to not forget the basics when it comes to making the best of Christmas with your four legged companion - unfortunately you are on your own with any festive family fun this Christmas!

Whether its your first Christmas as a dog owner or your fifteenth - it never hurts to be prepared and remind yourself of some of the pitfalls out there.

So with a little help from Clare at Homeward Hounds, here are our five tips for a stress free and enjoyable Christmas with Fido (other dog names are available).

1; Festive Food

Who doesn't like to indulge over the festive period? I mean that's one of the best parts right. However always remember that there are a lot of foods out there that can be harmful to your dog. Make sure chocolate, mince pies, Christmas cake and all those other treats that are bad for your dogs are kept out of reach at all times - no one wants an emergency trip to the vets because of some rogue raisins! It is always best to err on the side of caution when feeding your dog scraps from your dinners, stick to what you know they already like because a dog with an upset stomach on Boxing Day is no fun for anyone.

2; The Christmas Tree

Who knew that baubles could be so enticing? put your tree in a safe place, perhaps on a small table just out of reach of inquisitive mouths. You may also want to position some decorations higher on the tree, just out of reach for your dog and avoid glass baubles - if they smash they are an injury hazard.

3; The Presents

Father Christmas only comes on Christmas Eve but with a little help from his organised Elves (us) presents sometimes end up under the tree earlier than Christmas day. Best not to leave wrapped presents under the tree if you have a dog who likes to investigate, most dogs investigate by chewing - which not only spoils the surprise for you but can also mean hazards for you dog and future trips to that vets again!

4; Sometimes we just need a chill

Keep your dog and any visitors safe by allowing your dog some down time away from the madness. Like humans, dogs enjoy an afternoon snooze (Spud definitely does) and need time to escape the family gatherings and petting of excited children. You'll thank yourselves later!

If you have a RUFF box this could also be a wonderful time to make use of those longer chews during quiet time (for the dogs not the children).

5; Do spend time with your dog

No this does not contradict number 4 - this is a call to take your dog out for a lovely morning walk - enjoy time with them and the calm before the excitement of later on. Your dog will appreciate the exercise (as will you - paying it forward for the Christmas feast) and whilst routines go out the window over Christmas, this way you've already got a good walk in the bank before you forget!

**DISCLAIMER** Totally wishing for a White Christmas but you may have to settle for a mild and damp Christmas - still take your dogs out either way :-)

This list is not exhaustive but we hope this gives you a strong foundation for enjoying the festive period - let us know what other tips and tricks you live by during the festive period :-)

We are Raising the RUFF!

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