Holiday Etiquette for Dogs

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 and wet kisses.

Your humans 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

The humans may bring a large tree into the house and 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:

- Don't pee on the tree.
- Don't drink water from 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.
- The ornaments hanging from the tree are not dog toys.
- Don't chew on the cord that runs from the hole in
the wall to the tree.

Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come
visit during this season. Be patient, even if unknowing
strangers sit on your couch, and do not drink out of glasses
that are left within your reach.

Don't eat off the buffet table.

A big man with a white beard and a red suit may emerge from your
fireplace in the middle of the night.