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How To Prepare For A Happy Christmas With Your Small Breed Dog

Updated: Feb 22

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A Canine Christmas: Four Essential Considerations

In 1978, the Dogs Trust, formerly known as the National Canine Defence League, introduced the iconic slogan 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.' Over the past 36 years, much has evolved, but the essence of this profound statement remains unchanged.


"With so many festivities, from Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to Christmas and Kwanzaa, the end of the year is an incredibly busy time. All that additional excitement and activity can be a lot for your dog to handle. Not to mention all the extra visitors, sights, sounds, and smells.

Plus, it's easy to get wrapped up in holiday preparation and neglect your dog's regular routines. Add all that up, and you have a recipe for dog stress. The following tips will help you prepare your dog so you can both enjoy the coming holiday season." - American Kennel Club


Owning a dog is a significant responsibility,

often compared to raising children.

Deciding to become a dog owner should never be taken lightly. While their needs are uncomplicated, they are fundamental and require daily attention. If you're contemplating welcoming a new canine companion this Christmas, it's vital to think about the following considerations before taking the leap:

1. Nutrition

Just like humans, dogs need a balanced diet for optimal health, along with access to fresh water at all times.

Ensure you provide suitable dog food, designed for their specific dietary needs, and in the appropriate portion sizes.

2. Socialisation

Sociable dogs are well-adjusted and capable of forming bonds.

Early socialisation during puppyhood is crucial for their well-being and the safety of others.

A friendly and well-socialised dog is less likely to become frustrated or anti-social.

3. Inclusion

As their 'pawrents,' you must integrate your dog into your family life.

Create a loving, secure environment, complete with a dedicated doggy bed for their rest.

It's also your role to guide and train them, setting clear boundaries to establish rules and leadership.

4. Playtime

Playful activities are integral to a dog's well-being. Regular dog walk exercise, at least once or twice daily regardless of weather, is essential for their physical and mental health.

Regrettably, many people overlook these priorities or fail to conduct adequate research.

The PDSA's annual PAW Report reveals a pet welfare crisis in Britain due to behavioural issues and pet obesity.

Some findings include: - 57% of veterinary professionals reported an increase in dog behaviour problems in the last two years.

- 78% of veterinary professionals noticed an uptick in pet obesity over the same period.

- 1.4 million dogs aren't meeting their daily physical requirements.

- 25% of pet owners admitted to not conducting any research before acquiring a pet.

Prioritise thorough research before bringing a canine companion into your home, whether at Christmas or any other time.

Charities like the Dogs Trust anticipate an influx of approximately 100 unwanted puppies during the festive season.

What to get your dog for Christmas?

Consider their preferences and needs when choosing gifts for your dog for Christmas.

Popular options include interactive toys, chew toys, puzzle feeders, cosy beds, tasty treats, and new accessories such as collars or harnesses.

You can also consider experiences such as a trip to the dog park or a special outing with your furry friend.

How to keep dog away from christmas tree?

To keep your dog away from the Christmas tree, consider placing a pet gate or barrier around the tree to restrict access.

You can also use deterrents such as bitter sprays or motion-activated alarms, secure the tree to the wall or ceiling to prevent tipping and avoid hanging tempting ornaments or decorations within your dog's reach.

Providing alternative distractions and ample supervision can also help redirect your dog's attention away from the tree.

How can you prepare for a happy and prosperous Christmas holiday with your small breed dog? 

Establish a secure and cosy space for your small breed dog as the first step towards a joyful and prosperous Christmas celebration.

This may involve pet-proofing your home, setting up a designated area for your dog to retreat to, and ensuring they have access to food, water, and toys.

Additionally, plan for any travel or guests, establish a consistent routine, and consider your dog's needs and preferences when making holiday arrangements.

What steps ensure a joyful Christmas holiday with your small breed dog? 

To ensure a joyful Christmas holiday with your small breed dog, start by incorporating them into your holiday festivities in a way that is safe and comfortable for them.

This may involve including them in gift opening, holiday walks, or special treats.

Provide plenty of attention and reassurance, maintain their routine as much as possible, and be mindful of their stress levels and behaviour throughout the holiday season.

How do you make your small breed dog comfortable during the Christmas holiday? 

To make your small breed dog comfortable during the Christmas holiday:

  1. Create a calm and familiar environment for them.

  2. Keep decorations and holiday hazards out of reach, provide a quiet retreat space where they can relax, and maintain their regular feeding and exercise schedule.

  3. Consider their preferences and sensitivities, and be mindful of their behaviour and well-being during the festivities.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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