Holiday Pet Safe – The Company
By Leatrice Miller-Natola, CPDT, CGCE, RM
Whether you are having a holiday party or a holiday family meal, establish some rules with the guests and even with the relatives that live in your home to make sure everyone understands how to keep the pets and the company safe and happy. Below are some suggestions for Holiday Pet Rules you might find helpful. Keep in mind everyone’s situation is uniquely their own, so remember to design your rules to suit your particular situation.
Politely decline, unless you already know that the pet in question gets along famously with your pet. Do not expect unknown pets to be able to join your festivities as that can herald a world of trouble and suck the joy right out of your holidays.
Be prepared and research the boarding facilities in your area, even visit them to ensure the facility is a good, clean and a safe place where you would gladly pay to have your own pet stay. Then, with the facilities phone number in hand, make a referral. Hopefully, they will appreciate the time and effort you have put into considering what is best for their pet as well as your own.
Harvey’s Home Garden and Pet Center offers boarding and our facility is clean and well managed. It is recommended that you call at least 2 weeks in advance. We accept all healthy, human and dog friendly dogs no matter the breed. In addition, we require proof of the following vaccinations: DHLPP, Rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough), and we recommend getting a Fecal test, flea and tick treatment, and protection against influenza.
Harvey’s also requires guests to supply enough food for their visit, however, guests can also pay $5 a day for food provided by Harvey’s, and also suggest bringing an adult shirt or blanket with the owner’s scent on it. We provide orthopedic beds, blankets and food bowls. All toys and personal items sent with the pet are tagged and kept in the pets room and not shared with any other pets in the facility.
Ensure all household medications are carefully put away where pets can’t get them. Ensure your guests also keep any medications where pets can’t find them. Establishing a “Purse Pet Safe Place” where guests can place their purses and other valuables where pets can’t get into them might be helpful.
Petting the Pet:
Some pets are shy, nervous and anxious. Some do not welcome the attention of strangers. Some even bite. If your pet falls into any of these categories put your pet in a place where guests are out of sight and inaccessible. Then instruct your guests to leave your pet alone. This will keep your pet safe and the guests as well. Do not allow any guest to compromise the rule, especially children. Children cannot read the signals dogs or cats make to indicate they are uncomfortable. Animals that run away, or simply turn their head away, are trying to avoid attention. Therefore, do not force them to be petted. Let them go, and ask the guest to leave the pet alone. Maybe later, the pet will be willing to allow them to pet them under the chin. You will know your pet is seeking attention when they extend their head toward the human and keep it there when the human moves to pet them under the chin.
All the guests, the chaos, the coming and going, the extra people, can be overwhelming to us let alone our pets. Give them a break and establish a quiet place. Even the most friendly pets need a break. Make sure all the adults and children understand that when Fido, or Kitty, or other critter, are in their Quiet Place, no one is to disturb them. A simple “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of the Quiet Place can act as an effective reminder to leave the pet alone.
The holidays are loud, exciting, and chaotic, especially New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve can be similar to the 4th of July due to the crazy human behavior and the fireworks. Pets do NOT like fireworks, loud noises, or tipsy humans. All of these things are scary to our pets who simply have no idea why it is all happening. When pets are scared, they may try to run away from the scary stuff. When they are that scared, they aren’t thinking and they are extremely fast and completely mindless. Keep your pets secured on a leash, in a crate, a separate room; somewhere away from the noise and craziness. Also, make sure your pet is wearing I.D. or has a microchip. Your pets will thank you!
Brush up on obedience training before the holidays or sign up to take a class to help you manage your dog during the holiday season. Harvey’s offers dog training for puppies and older dogs in class formats as well as private formats. Our pricing is very reasonable. Contact the store for more information: 518-762-7613
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