How to Keep Your Dog Safe Around Holiday Decorations


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When it comes to holiday decorating, there are many hazards for your dog that can seem innocent. Knowing what these are and how to avoid them will go a long way toward keeping your dog safe.

These tips will help you do exactly that:

  • One of the most dangerous items that you can use on your tree is tinsel. If your dog happens to eat it, it can cause a blockage and even death. You should avoid using it if possible.
  • Avoid edible or glass ornaments. These can cause gastrointestinal blockage, which can lead to illness and even death.
  • Keep lights high on the tree. This will prevent your pup from chewing on the cords or being burned by lights that could get hot.
  • If your Christmas tree is in a corner or next to the wall, install eye hooks into the walls on either side of the tree, then string clear fishing line through the eye hooks to secure into place. This will secure the tree to the wall and prevent it from falling down on top of the dog.
  • Some real trees can contain chemicals that seep into the water. Be careful that your dog is not able to reach and drink the water under the tree as this can make them very sick. If they do drink the water, make sure to call your vet immediately.

Above all, prevention is key. If you aren’t in the room to supervise, keep your dog in a separate room or even a crate when you are not home.

Get more tips in my video:

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About the author: Travis Brorsen is one of the most sought after dog trainers in America today and is Founder of Greatest American Dog Trainers. In 2008, Travis and his 14-month old, highly energetic and untrained boxer, Presley, won the grueling 12 week CBS’ national dog training competition, Greatest American Dog. As a result of the show, Travis discovered he had a passion to help other dogs and their owners create similar positive learning and relationship building experiences. Today, Travis and his Greatest American Dog Trainers team specializes in basic and advanced obedience, dog health and fitness training, as well as behavioral issues. For more information, please go to

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