17/12/2018 - Welcome to Best Behaviour Dog Training
Christmas and New Year should be a happy time for people and pets. Everybody here at Best Behaviour Dog Training hopes that you make the most of the holiday and that your celebrations go to plan. Please don’t forget to include your dogs in your Christmas celebrations. Remember that they may have a different idea of what is and isn’t good to do at this time of year.
Here are our tips for keeping your dog safe and happy at Christmas.
New Dogs and Puppies
The Best Behaviour Team never advocates giving dogs as Christmas presents but, as this is often the time of year when we have plenty of time off work, there can be some great advantages to welcoming a new dog at this time of year. Research your dog properly, find a reputable breeder or rescue home and be confident that your new friend will have the time and space to settle in his own time. If in doubt, wait until after the holidays to bring him home. Don’t forget to register your new arrival for training puppy and dog training classes to help them integrate into the family and become a well balanced doggy citizen.
Always remember that dogs see the world differently to people. Whilst we understand the chaos of presents, parties, posh nosh and alcohol – dogs don’t. Even a seasoned family pet can be overwhelmed at Christmas. A new addition to the family is even more likely to be stressed at moving into a hectic new home.
What to do if things go wrong?
Every vet in the area will have somebody on call for every hour of the holiday season. Make sure the phone number is firmly in your phone. That’s especially important if you and your dog will be out and about this Christmas. If your dog eats anything he shouldn’t – or if you suspect he’s been indulging in anything from the naughty list, talk to your vet ASAP.
Still looking for gift ideas?
If you’re stuck for canine Christmas present ideas, there are some great suggestions on our blogs
Christmas gifts for dogs and their owners
Winter warmers – our favourite dog coats for those refreshing winter walks
Brain games to keep dogs out of mischief while you’re playing monopoly