Missy and Schnoo’s ‘dogfinative’ guide to Christmas
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It’s the countdown to Christmas and No Bones’s resident Yorkshire Terriers Missy and Schnoo have taken time out of their busy tasting schedule to give us some doggie tips to help you and your pooch survive the festivities.
And we’re OFF!
We love it when our humans are off work for Christmas! It means lots of extra fuss, exercise and family days out. Snowy days are our favourite- when it snows we go mental! Especially in our chic winter knits! Don’t forget to factor in time for walkies among all that wrapping and cooking- especially when you’re about to BURST from all of that figgy pudding!
Time to SOCIALISE
The festive season could be a make or break moment for us canines. With family get togethers, Christmas parties and ‘open house’ gatherings, us pooches can get a little agitated and confused. Be mindful of having lots of strangers coming in and out of the home. If possible, pop us on the lead or in our ‘safe’ place such as our dog cage while we get to know the visitors. Use praise and reward us when were good and allow your visitors to give us a treat in return for a trick. Ask guests to hold out the back of their hand for a sniff before petting us and to avoid looking us in the eye as it’s a little intimidating. For more details on socialisation go to the Blue Cross website.
We pups are curious creatures and anything a little unusual or tantalisingly smelly under or on the tree, will play prey to our hunter instincts! Don’t leave anything out that we could choke on or ingest, particularly exciting looking decorations! Keep flames and candles well out of reach of our twitching noses and wagging tails.
Mistletoe and whine ☹
Poisonous flowers and plants can be very dangerous too. Holly and Mistletoe may well be staple plants for the festive home but these can be fatal for us dogs; causing vomiting or even heart collapse which could be fatal.
We love being spoilt at Christmas; especially if there are treats involved but don’t let us eat human treats and especially not chocolate. Our noses are sensitive and our sense of smell is 40 times larger than our humans. This means tasty smelling treats will smell 40 times as good to us! Don’t leave them in paws reach – our temptation threshold just can’t cut it! Check out the Kennel Club website for xmas foods we dogs can’t eat. Don’t forget our No Bones treats are safe for dogs- shop here for your dog’s Christmas treats.