Decorating our homes for various holidays brings joy and festivity. However, if you're a pet owner, you know that curious paws and playful tails can turn your beautifully adorned space into a potential disaster zone. In fact, some decorations can even prove deadly to your furry friend if you are not careful. In this guide, we will explore how to decorate your home for the holidays if you own a dog.
Here are some tips on keeping your furry friends safe while maintaining the festive spirit.
- Choose Pet-Friendly Decor
Choose decorations that are safe for pets. Materials like fabric, wood, or paper can be less hazardous than glass or fragile ornaments. Puppies and even older dogs often want to chew the ornaments which can quickly become dangerous. Look for decorations labeled as pet-safe, ensuring they are non-toxic and won't pose a choking hazard.
- Secure Christmas Trees and Ornaments
During the holiday season, Christmas trees and ornaments become irresistible to pets. To prevent mishaps, secure the tree to a stable base and avoid using glass ornaments or decorations that could break easily. Place delicate ornaments higher on the tree where pets can't reach. You might even want to build a barricade with fencing or a child gate to keep your dog away from the tree.
- Hide Electrical Cords
Twinkling lights add charm to any occasion, but they also pose a risk to pets who might chew on electrical cords. Conceal all electrical cords behind furniture or use pet-friendly cord protectors to prevent your furry friends from getting tangled or injured. You never want your dog to chew on the cords which could give your beloved pet an electrical shock or even cause a house fire.
- Be Cautious with Plants
Many common decorations involve plants, and some can be toxic to pets. Keep flowers like lilies, poinsettias, and mistletoe out of your dog’s reach, as they can be harmful if ingested.
- Use Pet Deterrents
Consider using pet deterrents to discourage your dog from getting too close to certain decorations. There are pet-friendly sprays and deterrent devices available that emit harmless substances to keep your pets away from designated areas.
- Create Pet Zones
Designate specific areas where your pup can play freely without encountering decorations. This can be achieved by using pet gates or setting up a cozy corner with dog-safe toys and blankets.
- Supervise and Train
Nothing beats constant supervision. Keep an eye on your dog, especially when introducing new decorations. If you notice any undesirable behavior, redirect their attention to their toys and reward positive behavior with treats.
Decorating your home should be a joyful experience for both you and your pets. By taking a few precautions and making thoughtful choices in your decorations, you can create a festive atmosphere without compromising your pet's safety.