Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, everyone!

Even when we complain sometimes about the stress and rush surrounding Christmas and the New Year, at heart we all love the festivities and celebrations of this time of year. We have a few ideas to make sure that it is a happy festive season for both two and four-legged friends alike.

Of course, our furry family members don’t really know that it is Christmas. But they do know that something is happening – unfortunately not always in a positive sense. For pets, stress, disrupted routines, noise and fireworks are more unsettling than fun. All the better when we can spoil our pets just that little bit more during the festive season. And what do (almost) all pets love? Treats, of course! You can wrap or present treats so that they are both fun and delicious.

Dogs love wrapped-up treats. A simple paper bag that they can open with their nose is all they need, or wrap it in cardboard for more of a challenge. Dogs will be able to smell what is inside straight away and will figure it out. Don’t use any materials that your dog could hurt themselves with. Cardboard and paper are fine.

You can fill an empty toilet paper or kitchen roll with a few treats and plug the ends, e.g. with screwed up paper. Make a few holes in the roll, just large enough that the treats can fall through so that your doggy has to roll it to get the treats out.

The arrival of the New Year can be stressful for some animals. Loud fireworks throw many into a state of panic. It is important to prepare your pets for the celebrations. Take your dog for a walk in the morning, well before the fireworks start. Keep them on the lead in case of early celebrations – one firework can be all it takes to for your dog to take off in fright. Set up a “quiet room” for the evening with the windows blacked out and calming music playing. You can also train your pet with special CDs with noises that scare animals, including fireworks. Desensitising your pet takes several weeks so you should allow plenty of time.
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