Jingle Dogs / St Louis Park Magazine

Jingle Dogs: Holiday Tips for Your Pooch

Bright lights, shiny decorations and lots of company can be stressful for your dog. Here are some tips to help make the holidays more joyful for both of you.

+If you’re leaving your dog behind, make boarding or doggy hotel reservations well in advance. If your facility offers doggy daycare, bring your pet a few times before your trip so he can get accustomed, and leave a few items that will remind him of home.

+Plan ahead for grooming; most shops fill up quickly before the holidays.

+Place candles out of tail’s reach!

+Make sure Fido has his own retreat if he’s easily overwhelmed by company.

+Place tinsel out of the reach of your dog and tape wires and cords down so she doesn’t get tangled in them.

+Keep your pooch away from wrapping paper and string, which can create blockages if swallowed.

+Avoid holly and poinsettia plants, which can be toxic to dogs if eaten.

—Keith Miller is the co-owner of Bubbly Paws Dog Wash and Pampered Pooch Playground in St. Louis Park.

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