Hello, and welcome to this bonus episode of the Pets at Home Puppy Podcast: the podcast that takes genuine frequently asked questions from members of our VIP Puppy & Kitten Club, and puts them to our panel of experts, who give some amazing advice on an array of puppy-related topics.
The stockings have been hung, the tree is up (yay!) and the countdown to Christmas has begun! The festive season is an exciting time, not just for us but for our puppies, too. There are more humans, there’s more food, more fun things to play with… but in addition to all this comfort and joy, there are a few scenarios where things can go very wrong! But don’t worry, a little prep can go a long way towards keeping your puppy out of trouble and ensure that their first Christmas is memorable – in a good way!
Christmas is a time for family, friends and pets! And to ensure it’s a fun, healthy and stress-free celebration for all, we’ve put together this episode, to help prevent festive faux-pas such as your puppy destroying the presents under the tree, and making sure you give your puppy the right festive feast. So, without further ado, let’s don our Christmas jumpers, grab an egg nog and crack on!
With family and friends in and out of your home, strange decorations and excitable children, Christmas and New Year are understandably highly stressful and confusing times for your pet. Helping to identify hazards and help you understand how to handle them, we've asked our friends at Vets4Pets to share their expertise.
The time of year is fast approaching when people will be filling their homes with all kinds of Christmas trees and plants, from festive Nordic pines through to merry green mistletoe.
If you’re a dog owner, it’s important to know that some of these pretty festive plants can actually be poisonous for your pup. To help you spot which plants to steer clear of to keep your puppy happy and healthy this Christmas, we’ve put together this helpful guide.
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One of the things you can do to help keep your puppy calm and relaxed, is the use of music to help distract and mask the loud noises. Sitting and listening to the music together will also help to build on your bond.
It’s important that you’re able to recognise what anxiety can look like in a dog so you can prepare. Common signs of fear to look out for include pacing, panting and barking in dogs. For most pets, a fearful state usually starts with a watchful phase where they will be unusually alert.
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We wish you and your puppy and very merry Christmas!