If you have a Doodle, you know just how mischievous and full of energy these delightful dogs can be. As we gear up for the holiday season, their curiosity and playful nature can sometimes lead them into trouble.

In the video below, we sit down with two experienced Australian Labradoodle breeders, Anita and Susan, both esteemed members of the Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association (WALA). With a rich 32-year background in breeding and raising these unique dogs, they share essential tips and guidance on how to keep your Doodles safe and content during the festive times. From navigating holiday food risks to managing travel with your furry friend, this is a must-watch for all Doodle parents out there!

In it, we cover…

  • Holiday food dangers to be aware of (0:00)
  • How to manage and keep your dog safe from houseguests and kids (6:13)
  • Holiday decor dangers to be aware of and how to keep them safe (10:09)
  • Holiday travel tips and boarding alternatives if your dog can’t travel with you (14:26)
  • How to keep your dog comfortable during parties (18:42)
  • And things to consider if you’re considering bringing home a puppy during the holidays (23:19)

They even share some funny, cute, and scary personal stories, so be sure to tune in to hear them!

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Specifically, we talk about things like:

  • How to prevent your dog from stealing food off the counter, table, and out of the trash
  • Unsafe foods dogs should not be given
  • Great tip for involving houseguests in treat-giving
  • Dangerous food ingredients to be aware of
  • How to keep your dog safe during holiday gatherings
  • Whether or not we socialize our puppy during holiday gatherings
  • Safety considerations for kids and puppies
  • How to keep a puppy safe from risky dog germs during the holidays
  • Things to consider when people come over to your home
  • How to keep your dog safe from holiday decor dangers
  • Why you should be mindful of tree ornaments
  • Things to be aware of when creating a dog-safe area
  • When to put your dog in a safe, dog-proof area
  • Things to bring for your dog when traveling
  • What to do if your dog cant travel with you
  • Why you should avoid rest stops when traveling with your dog
  • Alternatives to boarding your dog
  • Things to consider if you have a puppy and are planning a holiday party
  • Ways to calm your dog or puppy during holiday parties
  • How to figure out what helps calm your dog before your parties
  • Things to consider before bringing home a puppy during the holidays
  • Creative ways to bring a new puppy home

More Resources on Holiday Dog Safety Topics

Food Safety

Other Dangers

Socialization and Calming


Bringing Home a New Puppy

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