Christmas is the most sociable time of the year and your dog loves all the attention, right? Well, maybe, but how do you know when she’s had enough and needs rescuing?
Auckland Council Animal Management advisers say if your dog turns its head away, walks away from the attention, or looks to you while getting attention from someone else, they may be asking for help.
“While your dog may be friendly and good with people and children most of the time, sometimes it can get too much for them,” says Tracey Moore, Manager, Animal Management.
“Even though they appear not to mind being cuddled and petted – or sat on – they are often just trying to be well-behaved, despite being extremely uncomfortable.”
Ms Moore advises dog owners to protect their pet at social functions.
“Give them a break from children and/or excessive excitement, even though they appear not to mind. Speak to children who may be new to your dog about how they should interact with it, and don’t leave children unattended with a dog,” she says.
Getting a puppy for Christmas?
For people planning to surprise family with a cute puppy for Christmas, registered responsible dog owner and Chair of Auckland’s Community Development and Safety Committee, Councillor Cathy Casey, advises caution.
“A dog is for life, not just for Christmas. It will live for 15 or so years, and you are responsible for it.
"However, if getting a dog is something you have thoroughly investigated and would like to commence while you are home on holiday, I urge you to visit one of our three Auckland Council animal shelters to find one that would love a home."