Episode 19: Holiday Safety for Your Pup

The holidays are approaching and as much fun as they can be, certain things can pose a threat and some risks to your dog. Are you prepared to keep your dog safe through this upcoming holiday season?

In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz™ Canine Academy Podcast, co-hosts Corey McCusker and Diane Purser some safety information and tips with you for the upcoming holiday season to ensure everyone has fun and help keep your dog safe.


Unfortunately, Diane Purser – a close friend and our education manager –  lost her battle with cancer and passed away on October 17, 2023. There was not a dog in the world that Diane didn’t love or want to rescue. Her passion was dogs of all ages, and her mission was to educate pet parents so they could provide the best loving home for their fur babies.

Diane’s passion will live on in Muttz with Mannerz™ and we will continue providing educational resources to help owners around the world. In honor of her we will annually donate to an organization that supports her goals of helping dogs live better lives. Thank you my friend Diane, and thank you for those listening today. Diane is smiling upon you as you do. We hope you enjoy the podcast.


In this episode, Corey and Diane cover:

  • Things to consider when you have visitors during the holiday season and when you go visiting with (or without) your dog.
  • When decorating for the season what things you should be prepared for when you have a dog.
  • A great tip to help you know when your pet is investigating the tree.
  • What to watch out for regarding the food that is around during this season, including if it is wrapped up as a gift!
  • Toxic plants to watch out for that we use as decorations at this time of year and how to enjoy having them and keep your pup safe.
  • As the weather is cold and icy take care that your dog is warm and kept safe from chemicals used to de-ice sidewalks and roads.
  • Where to watch out for antifreeze and the typical signs of antifreeze poisoning.
  • How scented candles and oils can impact your dog and their sensitive noses.

Your Hosts:

    Corey McCusker, Canine Coach
    Corey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both.

    Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life.

    Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019. She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years.

    Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley ( Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred(Maltese), Charlie(Morkie), and Cleo(Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz.

    Diane Purser, Canine Educator
    Diane has had a lifelong love of animals and knew at some point she would enter the world of Animal Welfare, specifically around Companion Animals. After a long career, Diane was able to leave the corporate world in 2004 and decided to immerse herself in dogs, animal welfare, and humane education. Her experience both corporately and personally allowed her to bring extensive knowledge in marketing, education, fundraising, and event coordination to her new career.

    Over the last 15+ years, Diane has held positions in Community Education with the OSPCA, St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program as a Dog Handler and Evaluator, plus various roles (including Board member) with Pugalug Pug Rescue.

    Diane’s passion for education has been fueled by her extensive involvement with the OSPCA Youth and Pets Program, Pet Ownership Responsibility, and collaboration with St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Bite Prevention Program. Her mission is to help future, current, and new dog owners have loving and fulfilling lifelong relationships with their dogs.

    Diane’s skills are a perfect match for Muttz with Mannerz™She collaborates with Corey on delivering educational seminars and support to pet parents and the community. Her goal is to find dogs their forever homes and keep them there, ultimately lowering the number of unwanted dogs entering shelters and rescues.

    Diane is very fortunate to share her life with her supportive husband, Keith, and son, Kyle, who both share her passion and concern for the wellbeing of animals. Their home has been graced with 5 wonderful dogs:  Mikki, Maggie & Neeko (pugs), Teeny (Yorkie-x), and Tippy (Pom-x) and now includes two senior Yorkies, Lola and Fred who were a bonded pair and needed to be adopted together.


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