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Dogs & Drunk Christmas Guests Don't Mix

As the holidays approach and the festive spirit fills the air, it's essential to keep in mind the safety and well-being of everyone in our households, including our beloved furry companions. Christmas brings gatherings, merriment, and sometimes, a bit of indulgence in the form of alcohol.


This topic is VERY IMPORTANT - most of the calls I get about dog bites are between Xmas and New Year.


While celebrating with friends and family, it's crucial for dog owners to be mindful of potential risks that might arise, particularly concerning the interactions between inebriated guests and our canine friends.



One concern that often goes overlooked amidst the cheer is the increased likelihood of dog bites or accidents involving pets and intoxicated guests. Alcohol can impair judgment and alter behavior, leading to inadvertent actions that may startle, provoke, or confuse even the most well-behaved dogs, mine included.


Here are some important pointers to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season for both guests and furry family members:


Supervision is Key


Keep a watchful eye on your dog's interactions with guests, especially those who may have had a bit too much to drink. Excitement and boisterous behavior might inadvertently agitate or stress your dog, potentially resulting in a defensive reaction - that your dog ultimately pays the price for.


Example - most dogs don't want to be hugged by people not from their household

Create Safe Spaces


Designate a quiet and secure area for your dog to retreat to if they feel overwhelmed by the festivities. Ensure they have access to water, toys (or no toys if there is a chance they could guard them), and their comfortable bedding to relax away from the hustle and bustle.



Educate Guests


Politely remind your guests, particularly those who may not be familiar with your dog or may have been drinking, about the importance of respecting your pet's boundaries. Encourage them to avoid rough play, sudden movements, or attempts to wake a sleeping dog.


Be Proactive


If you anticipate a lively gathering, consider consulting a professional dog trainer (you can call me anytime) or behaviorist beforehand. They can provide guidance on managing your dog's stress levels and suggest effective strategies for keeping them calm during the festivities.


Stay Vigilant


Even the friendliest dogs might react unpredictably if they feel threatened or anxious. I personally have owned angelic dogs that are still capable of fear-biting. Watch for signs of discomfort, such as growling, barking, or attempts to hide, and intervene if necessary by calmly removing your dog from the situation.


Example: Most drunk people won't listen to you, so remove your dog before any silliness happens

Post-Event Checkup

After the celebrations wind down, take a moment to check in on your dog. Ensure they're relaxed and exhibiting normal behavior. If any unusual signs or injuries are noticed, seek veterinary advice promptly.


As responsible pet owners, it's our duty to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for our furry friends, especially during times of increased activity and potential stress. By taking proactive measures and staying vigilant, we can minimize the risk of accidents and ensure that both our guests and pets enjoy a harmonious holiday season.


Let's make this Christmas a joyful and safe celebration for everyone, including our loyal canine companions!


Wishing you and your furry friends a Merry Christmas filled with love, laughter, and safety.


Morgan and the MP Canine Academy Team :)

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