Safeguarding Your Pet Over the Holidays
It's that time of year again: the holidays.
And if you're reading this, chances are you have a pet—a best friend who is probably with you right now, curled up on your lap, purring and looking up at you with those big eyes, begging for attention.
It's no surprise that pets get so much attention during the holidays: after all, we love them as much as our own families! Pets truly are part of our families and deserve to be treated like it. But there are some things you can do to make sure they're safe and happy while they're in your care during this busy time of year.
3 Ways to Safeguard Your Pets Over the Holidays
Secure your pets inside the house.
This holiday season, if you want to keep your pets safe and happy, it might be a good idea to keep them inside while you go out and celebrate with friends and family. It's not just about keeping them safe—it's also about making sure that they don't get bored while you're gone!
Make sure that your pet is wearing identification tags at all times.
The holidays are a time for joy, for family and friends and for gift-giving. But the holidays can also be a time when pets get lost. Do you know what's not fun? Finding a lost pet.
So if you're going to be out of town during the holidays, make sure your pet is wearing identification tags at all times! The last thing you want on Christmas morning is to find an adorable little puppy in your front yard—or worse yet, have someone else find your pet and take it home without ever knowing who she belongs to.
Train your pets on how to behave around the holidays.
Have you ever been distracted by the sound of your dog rummaging through the trash while you're trying to enjoy a holiday dinner? Or maybe you've had to deal with a cat who refuses to stay off the table and eat from her special bowl.
Well, if this sounds like you, then we have good news! You can train your pets how to behave around the holidays and still have fun.
First, make sure that your pets are well-behaved before you even think about training them for the holidays. If they're not trained in basic manners, then they will never be able to handle any new tricks or tasks you ask of them during this time of year.
Once your pet has mastered basic commands like "sit" and "stay," it's time to get started on holiday training! The best way is through positive reinforcement: reward your pet every time he or she does something right. For example, if he lies quietly on his bed while people are visiting during Thanksgiving dinner instead of running around the house like crazy as normal cats do—then give him a treat!
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