Dog Holiday Petiquette Tips

The holiday season is officially upon us! Many people have more visitors at this time of year than they usually do. If you’re hosting events this year, remember to keep your dog in mind! Read on as a local Marietta, GA vet offers some advice on helping Fido put his best paw forward.

Preparation

We recommend thoroughly dusting and vacuuming your home, and changing your air filters. You can use a squeegee, rubber dish glove, or a damp sponge to remove pet fur from carpets and upholstery. If Fido likes making ‘nose art’ on your windows, use vinegar and newspaper to remove his masterpieces.

Grooming

If you’re having guests, give Fido a bath, or at least a good brushing. That way, your visitors will be greeted by a clean, soft pooch instead of a stinky one. You may also want to clip Fido’s claws. Don’t forget to clean your pup’s teeth! Ask your vet for specific advice on doggy dental care.

Doggy Door Petiquette

Does your dog tend to say hello to people by jumping on them? Work on teaching your pup better manners. Enlist a friend to help you teach Fido that he’ll get rewarded for remaining calm when the doorbell rings. If Fido won’t ‘graduate’ in time, keep him crated or in a separate room as people are coming and going.

Begging

Fido will be paying quite close attention to all those delicious dishes, and may try to score some for himself. Begging is bad doggy manners, and doesn’t go over well with everyone. It can also be dangerous: you don’t want someone giving your pet something that isn’t safe for him. If you have a furry little actor on your hands, keep your theatrical pet crated or in another room as you are eating. Offer Fido a puzzle toy to keep him occupied.

Zoomies

Do you have a furry, four-legged bundle of mischief on your hands? Before your company arrives, tire Fido out a bit. Take him for a long walk, and then play Fetch or Frisbee. After a good workout, Fido will be calmer and better behaved.

Guests

Are your guests staying over? If so, advise them to keep the door to the guest room closed. You don’t want Fido chewing their shoes or stealing their bed!

Happy Holidays! Please call us, your Marietta, GA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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