Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas and a few things to remember about your canine friends at Christmas.

The Lovely Shane, Cuddles the Corgi Mix, Copper the Whopper Beagle, Cody the Little Beagle, Trigger the Dapple Dachshund, Foster Girl Gracy, Foster Boy Dr. Phil McBeagle, and I wish to extend Christmas Greetings to you and your families! Thank You for your support over the year. We really appreciate your business and the opportunity to communicate with you through this blog!

Non - Dog Training related Christmas message to my Christian friends and readers:

While there are differing theological views regarding the origin of this holiday, some with which I agree and some with which I do not, I think it wise to set that aside and remember why we, as Christians, claim to observe this holiday. While we may disagree on the Scriptural support for the observance of this day, it is clear the reason for this holiday, Christ, is the center of our faith. It is not clear, at least from my reading of the Bible, if the early church observed Christ's birth, or any other birth for that matter. It is however, clear that without Christ, we are lost.

So, my fellow Christians, I encourage you to ponder this:

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. ( And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was Governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem;(because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was , while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for him in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the Glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel of the Lord said unto them, Fear not: for behold I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David is a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:1-11 (KJV)

I am not a theologian...... but.... it does seem that if we chose to observe Christmas, the above passage is worthy of consideration. Our Savior, Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection is the reason for our faith. So perhaps we should spend a little time thinking of this particular passage of scripture and its impact on our lives. The parties, time with family, gifts, etc. are not bad but, the real reason we claim to celebrate on this holiday is the birth of our Savior!

I realize that has little to do with dog training. Christmas is however, widely viewed as a Christian Holiday so, I felt compelled to put it in perspective.

Dog Training Related Christmas Message:

I have mentioned many times before that dogs are very much routine oriented. They do much better and seem to be happier when they have an established routine. For this reason, Christmas, or any other holiday (vacation, etc.) can be difficult for our canine friends.

The break in routine, can in many cases overwhelm and stress even a normally polite little guy or girl. Please remember this if you plan to have new people as guests in your home for a party or other event. The new people and perhaps loud music, etc. can be very stressful for our little buddies. 

If we consider strategies ahead of time, we can make this much easier on our canine friends. You may want to consider making them a comfortable and safe place in a room as far as possible from the festivities.
 Make it fun for them! Maybe give them something special to occupy time. A frozen peanut butter filled Kong style toy many times is a good thing to use! Check on the little guys from time to time. Maybe keep the Television on for them in the room. Also, make sure they have had plenty of exercise the day of the party or event. If they are tired, they will be more likely to relax.

If you plan it right, Christmas can be a fun time for your little buddies too!

Remember, what your dog really wants is to spend time with you! He wants your love. So, even though dogs love treats and toys, my opinion is that they love your attention even more! So, if you really want to give your dog a gift he will love for Christmas, do something special to spend more quality time with him. Maybe a special ride to the park or a day going shopping with Mommy and Daddy (as I have told you before, there are many stores that welcome dogs).

Well I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas! 

As always, please contact me if you need help with training your dog to be a polite little guy or girl. I always tell you, "Polite Dogs = Happy People". Let me help you get happy today!

Thank you for your support.

Till Next Time


William Moore Canine Training

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