For all of you out there with demanding mothers and fathers I understand the urgency and pressure to come home for every single holiday every year. It’s a lot to deal with. I totally get it. It requires money and energy. There will be lack of exercise, excessive weight gain and too much time around family. Luckily we all have dogs and that makes everything better. Here’s what to do if you plan to head home this holiday season with your pooch:
- Make sure your dog will NOT bite a child.
There will probably be lots of kids around and lots of protective parents. You don’t want to get in a screaming fight with your aunt about the crazy dog with the violence problem. Beware of protective parents and dogs that bite small children.
- Properly potty train your dog beforehand.
Pee stains on the rug will create years of resentment between you and your loved ones.
- Make sure your dog won’t eat the turkey.
Put your dog outside or in a bedroom if he’s known to be a chronic over-eater. If your dog eats the turkey everyone will blame you.
- Your dog should sleep in your bedroom or somewhere near you.
You’ll want to keep an eye on your dog at all times. You never know who’s uncomfortable with dogs, especially if it’s a full house with new faces.
- If your dog sheds, brush and groom them excessively.
Sorry pups but nobody likes dog hair, especially around the holidays. Everything has to be PERFECT!
- Train your dog.
If your dog is out of control, you should probably seek a trainer. Not only for your families benefit but for yours too!
I hope you enjoy this holiday season and don’t forget to sneak some leftovers for your pup. It’s a literal doggy bag.