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Holiday Dog Etiquette

Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.

They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.

Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.

They may bring a large tree into the house, set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans,
so there are some things you need to know about the tree:

don't pee on the tree

don't drink water in the container that holds the tree

mind your tail when you are near the tree

if there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open

don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree

Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season.
These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:

not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans

don't eat off the buffet table

beg for goodies subtly

pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa

don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach.

Likewise, your humans may take you visiting.
When visiting your manners will also be important:

observe all the rules for trees that may be in other people's houses.

respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house

be tolerant of children

turn on your charm big time

Last but not least:
A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night.


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