The holidays are in full swing, complete with twinkling lights on homes and full parking lots at Woodfield. While the season bring plenty of time to honor traditions and have some fun, it is also prime time for your dog to get in a bit of mischief that could prove to be annoying at the least and dangerous at the most.

As you hang your stocking and check your naughty/nice list, take extra care to be sure you are keeping your dog safe during this busy season.

Beware Poinsettias
While festive and colorful, these large flowers can be poisonous to curious dogs who may end up with a mouthful of petals or leaves. If you have a pup who is a chewer, or who is just generally curious when you are out of sight, consider putting your poinsettias out of reach on a counter.

Practice Place
With more guests than usual coming in and out of your home, it is smart to up your command practice with your dog. We love the Place command for busy holiday homes, as it gives guests a chance to be comfortable with your well-behaved dog. Place also assures that your dog won’t sneak out the front door during the commotion, leaving you turning guests into a search party for your missing pooch.

Move Ornaments
If your dog is fascinated by your Christmas tree, be sure to move any ornaments out of reach. It might be awfully tempting for your dog to grab an ornament off the tree, especially if he is feeling bored during a cold winter workday. If your dog has a history of ornament escapades, consider crating your dog when you are away at work for the season.

Keep Up Exercise
Finally, with your busier holiday schedule and the wintry weather, it can be tempting to skip walks with your dog. Resist the temptation to stay inside and bundle up for your regular walk. Your dog needs the time out of the house and the exercise that a good walk provides. Your walk is also an excellent time to practice your commands. Besides, once you get moving together, you’ll love seeing you usual walking route all lit up for the holidays.

We are thankful for another year serving our DTN families and dogs – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!