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With the dog to the Christmas market - a good idea?


When mulled wine, bratwurst and almonds attract numerous visitors to the Christmas market, dog owners are faced with the question of whether or not to take their animal with them year after year. The opinions on the controversial topic could not diverge. With the dog to the Christmas market - yes or no? - Image: Shutterstock / Ovchinnikova-Stanislava

Winter time is Christmas market time. A dilemma then arises for dog owners. On the one hand, they are reluctant to leave their four-legged friends at home, on the other hand, such a Christmas market is not entirely harmless for a dog. Therefore, ask yourself in advance whether you are really doing your animal a favor by visiting.

Christmas market: The stress factor for dogs is great

Slow music, flashing lights and crowds of people as far as the eyes and ears can go: a Christmas market can be stressful for some people, for dogs a visit is usually a lot more strenuous. There are several reasons for this.

A Christmas market can be pure stress for a dog. Think of the volume, the crowds, the tightness and the jostling that goes with it. Let alone the numerous, diverse smells that the animal perceives much more intensely than we humans.

In addition, a visit to the Christmas market runs the risk of people treading on the dog's paws or accidentally spilling hot mulled wine over it. Another risk is possible broken glass on the floor and leftovers that your dog should not eat - for example chocolate. In the worst case, this can even be fatal for four-legged friends.

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Is a Christmas market visit with a dog impossible?

If your dog is rather scared, you should avoid Christmas markets in order not to expose your four-legged friend to unnecessary stress. If, on the other hand, you have a fur nose that has experience with events and larger crowds, these are better conditions for a visit to the Christmas market. Nevertheless, there are a few things to keep in mind.

So the right time is crucial for the well-being of your animal. To reduce dangers, you should avoid peak times when visiting your Christmas market with your dog. As is well known, there is more going on in the evening than at lunchtime. It is emptier during the week than at the weekends.

With dogs, also prefer smaller Christmas markets to larger ones. Always keep an eye on your four-legged friend and keep them on a leash. Smaller breeds like Chihuahuas can also be carried in your arms or carried in a dog bag.

In addition, make sure that your dog eats nothing from the floor at the Christmas market. Waste such as french fries or other food waste can be unhealthy for your animal. Ideally, therefore, feed it shortly before the visit. Then the temptation for food lying on the floor is not quite as great.

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Dog Christmas markets - a great alternative

A really good alternative to normal Christmas markets, which are not so suitable for animals, are dog Christmas markets. These are available in many German cities and are specially designed for dogs and their owners. With animal stands and animal offers everything revolves around the four-legged friends. Your well-being is paramount. And that's - no question - just a great thing!

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