Thanksgiving is approaching but have you planned for us four-legged members of the family? Think about it from our point of view. Life is pretty predictable until Thanksgiving. All of a sudden you are home more, and there are more people in the house. On top of that, there is that smell. That delicious, mouth-watering, can’t wait to get hold of that turkey smell. You know the smell! It’s why you humans say you have to taste test the bird.
From our point of view, everything just changed. So, sometimes our dog behavior can seem to go on vacation too. Want to know how to help us the most?
Keep your dog on a schedule
First, keep our routine if you can. Let us out, or take us for a walk as usual. Feed us at the regular time. Just as much as possible, keep our routine the same. Then we can handle the other changes much better. You keeping our routine the same helps us know our behavior isn’t on vacation.
Teach others how to be around your dog
Another thing you can help us with; you know all those extra people? Teach them how to be around us, please! Tell the little girls not to keep trying to hug us and tell people to watch where they walk. Please, please, do not leave us alone with little children. We like them, but they sometimes stress us out. When we get stressed out, make sure we have a place to hide. Sometimes we need some me time, just like you do.
All those extra people don’t always keep the door closed either. While we don’t want to leave you, we might get curious and wander out that open door. So, please tell your company to keep the door closed.
Toss out the garbage frequently
I thought I would give you one more piece of advice about our dog behavior at Thanksgiving. We’ve talked about the extra people and that delicious turkey smell. But what about after the meal?
Let’s say everything went great. You explained to people about the extra hugging and watching out for me. You kept the turkey safe. But what about what you throw away?
Look at it from our perspective. That delicious, have to have it turkey smell is now in a plastic bag waiting by the door. Oh my, I can’t wait to get into that bag. I couldn’t reach the turkey, but that bag was right where I could reach. So, I tear into it to find that delicious smell.
But, what do I find? I found the string, napkins, plastic forks, foil, and a pop-up timer in the turkey. They all smell like that turkey. They have that smell that makes us drool. But they taste funny. They also feel funny going down. Why did you humans enjoy eating this so much? We are usually on our best dog behavior, but that smell ….
You see, the problem is, we use our noses and think we are eating that turkey. But, we might eat things that hurt us. Those things in the trash might mean we all end up at the vet’s around midnight.
So, please protect us. When you have Thanksgiving trash that has all that stuff, please take it out to the garbage can right away. Please don’t leave it to tempt us.
And we’ll all have a very happy Thanksgiving.
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