Mar 1, 2024 1:35:21 PM
It’s fairly safe to assume that most of our pets have a routine of sorts. It’s often one of the things dog owners enjoy too, although of course we never get to enjoy a lie in... our dogs’ natural internal alarm clocks are on high alert when it’s time to rise!
So when we interrupt our usual day-to-day existence with a summer holiday or festive celebrations it’s to be expected that our canine friends also experience a change in their routines. Whilst it’s great to be flexible and spontaneous our dogs don’t understand that. Therefore, for us to fully enjoy a change of routine we have to factor in that our dependent, faithful companions still need some consistency in their lives.
Your dog’s feeding routine needs to match their usual times as closely as possible. Unless you are altering your dog’s food or feeding times permanently it’s something you need to be consistent with so you don’t risk an upset stomach or other digestive issues. It’s also confusing for your dog to be fed out of his routine.
Being strict around your dog’s intake sounds harsh, especially at Christmas time, but dogs need a balanced, regular diet that they’re used to. Introducing random treats, in high quantities, over a short period of time, won’t do them any favours. This is something you need to be extra careful with if your dog is unwell or has a sensitive stomach. Refer to our recent blog ‘What not to feed your dog’ for more information on ingredients that can be harmful.
Trophy has a range of food designed for dogs with digestive issues, as well as some interesting herb supplements. These are worth a browse on our website – look for ‘Herbs’ in the Food Finder.
You can be a bit more flexible with your dog’s daily walks, altering the time and length of your outing to suit your itinerary. You may even find the walking party is a bit larger than usual as friends and relatives join you to walk off their festive excesses! What’s important is that your dog continues to get regular exercise, attention and fresh air – as well as the opportunity to toilet throughout the day.
New people and noise
In addition to the routine changes in your dog’s life over the Christmas period, they are also likely to meet new or less familiar people. You should calmly introduce your dog to visitors as they arrive and allow your dog to greet them in their own time. If your dog isn’t used to excitable small children, for example, the changed environment can create tension so managing the introductions is important.
When your household is busier than usual and there’s lots going on, it’s all too easy to overlook the dog. Take some time at several points during the day to check in and make sure they seem content. Some reassuring attention and affection will go a long way.
Above all, when your dog has had all the pre-requisite attention, food and walks, make sure there is somewhere quiet for them to retreat to, away from everything where they can simply relax and enjoy some solitude.
Halloween approaches with its festive decorations, spooky costumes, and sweet treats. While humans eagerly anticipate the holiday, it can be a challenging time for our four-legged friends. From unfamiliar sights and sounds to potentially dangerous treats, Halloween can pose various risks to our beloved dogs.
While it might be tempting to dress up your dog in a cute or funny costume, always prioritize their comfort and well-being. Ensure that the costume is not restrictive, does not impede movement, and does not have small parts that could be swallowed. Allow your dog to become accustomed to the costume before the actual event, and keep a close eye on them while they're wearing it.
A Pledge to Paws and Principles
Dogs have long been cherished companions, confidants, and sources of unconditional love for millions of people around the world. These faithful friends offer not only emotional support but also contribute significantly to our overall well-being. However, the joys of having a canine companion come with great responsibilities. Responsible dog ownership is not just a choice; it's an obligation we owe to our four-legged friends, our communities, and ourselves. In this blog, we will delve into the importance of responsible dog ownership and highlight the numerous benefits it brings to our lives.
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