Park Home Resident Magazine Christmas 2017 - Page 65

Pampered Pooches
& Festive Felines
You wouldn’t venture nearly naked into the frozen feverishness of your park
home site during the dead of winter just to use the toilet, so why do you expect your pet to? Pamper your pooch and flaunt their tough, flirtatious, smart
or sassy personality with a Christmas costume.
The temperatures are dropping – wrap them up and
keep them warm: throw on a lightweight waterproof
jacket, keep them dry with drying mitts or a microfibre drying cloth and snuggle under a warm blanket
for some bonding practise.
Feeling a bit more adventurous? Then, break
up your pet’s routine with a merry makeover. Kit
out your kitten or dress up your dog in a Christmas
costume. Too much? Then opt for an accessory as
pets love to be the centre of attention. Keep them
seasonally snug with festive leg warmers, knitted
scarves and Santa boots.
Whether you’re a budding David Bailey or you’d
like to cheer up your grandchild, photographs of
your pet will always put a smile on someone’s face
– including our readers! If you have any cute snaps
of your pets at Christmas, why not send send them
to us.
Here in the office, we treat our pets like family,
some of us even better. Nonetheless, sometimes
we lose control. If your dog has a temper for barking
behind the wispy walls of a park home, try using
rewards and positive reinforcements to teach them
when to bark. First, you’ll introduce “speak”, and
then you’ll be able to train your pet with a “quiet”
command to switch off the barking completely. If
your dog’s early-life experiences are limited, and
they’re not exposed to many different situations,
they could become nervous in later life when they
find themselves in unexpected circumstances
with unusual smells and unfamiliar objects. If this
becomes a problem, we have compiled together
a few things you can do to improve your pet’s
Place an item they are unfamiliar with in your
park home so they can explore it in their
own time, amongst a safe environment. If a home
appliance, like a vacuum cleaner or washing
machine, induces anxiety, then place a few treats
around it so they’re encouraged to explore.
If they’re fearful of other pets, arrange for them
to approach pets you know to be friendly or
download the Meetup app to see what’s happening
in dog meetup groups near you. This will help them
learn to communicate confidently with other pets.
Winter Warning
When they encounter an object they are fearful
of, or another animal, reward them for
remaining calm. This can be done with the treats or
by awarding them their favourite toy.
Christmas can be a minefield for festive felines
and pampered pooches, so don’t be tempted to
over-indulge your pet with the following human
Consider taking your pet along to a specified
training class, like The Kennel Club Good
Citizen, which is the largest dog training scheme
in the UK, so that they can improve their behaviour
Stuffing, raisins and sultanas,
Chocolate and Poinsettia plants
Puppy classes can be started as soon as
eight weeks, when your puppy has had their
first vaccination. Like human children, puppies are
not born with the social skills that they require to
live with their family. For that reason, socialisation
classes are a great way to start, to get them used
to playing and training with other dogs. For advice
on communication, visit the flexible online resource:
The Puppy Socialisation Plan for helpful resources.
Rather than feeding your pet potentially harmful
festive foods, why not treat them to an outfit, collar
or new bed instead. Read on and have a look at
our festive favourites.
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