1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.
2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.
3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.
4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know: - Don't pee on the tree - Don't drink water in the container that holds the tree - Mind your tail when you are near the tree - If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open - Don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree
5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part: - Not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans - Don't eat off the buffet table - Beg for goodies subtly - Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa - Don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach
6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important: - Observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people's houses. (4a is particularly important) - Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house - Tolerate children - Turn on your charm big time
7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DON'T BITE HIM!!
Our Dogs of the Month, Popski and Eugenie have some great tips on how you can remember to keep your pooches happy during the festive season!
Christmas time can become stressful around the house for us, so imagine what it must be like for our pets! Things being moved around the house, bright flashing trees are going up and lots of visitors are coming and going. This can all be very exciting for our dogs can also a little intimidating at the same time. Here's some tips to help keep Fido comfortable and enjoy the festive season.
The Bichon Frise’ (pronounced Bee-SHON Free-ZAY) is a small dog, and very similar looking to a Poodle. Whilst they are recognised as a French dog, the Bichon actually originated from Spain’s Canary Islands. They weren’t introduced into Australia until 1976 and the first litter was registered in March of 1977.
Bichon's are ancestors of the Barbet (Water Spaniel), which they were named after, originally referred to as Barbichon, and later shortened to just Bichon, which is French for “Lap Dog”.
They spent many years as sailing dogs, keeping sailors company whilst at sea, however were used for bartering, where eventually they
Bichon’s are small dogs, that weigh no more than 10kg, and stand at around 23 – 30cms tall.
They are feisty (but not yappy) yet affectionate, playful but gentle, and cheerful yet sensitive.
They have a curly white coat, (Bichon is French for curly), and dark round eyes and a little black nose. Whilst they are small, they are sturdy little dogs. Their coats whilst curly do not shed, so are great for those who suffer from allergies.
Bichons are playful and love company; however, they do not need excessive exercise. They are friendly and get along well with other dogs and make for excellent guard dogs.
The Bichon is notoriously difficult to house train, so it may take some time and patience to teach them where to toilet, however they are very competent and with time can be taught most things – being a breed that thrives in the show ring for both breed and trick competitions.
Being a small dog with a big personality they are at risk of ‘little dog syndrome’ so thrive on having a calm, assertive pack leader. They love being part of the family however need their boundaries, otherwise can take over very quickly.
With the right time and training, the Bichon Frise’ will quickly become a stable minded, loving, trust-worthy family member.
Are you getting into the festive spirit with some baking for the holidays? If so why not make some doggy friendly treats for our 4 legged friends too?! Popski, one of our December Dogs of the Month, thinks this recipe is paw licking good!
Holiday Chicken and Chedder Treats
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It's that Merry time of year and another month means the crown is being passed on to our last Dogs of the Month for 2018!
Eugenie and Popski
Two of our beautiful, golden oldie, Bichon Frise friends!
Be sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming blogs on having a dog safe Christmas this year!
Congratulations Eugenie and Popski!