Keeping Your Dog Calm this Holiday Season

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Christmas PuppyPets notice everything – even the slightest change. Here are some easy to follow tips to keeping your dog calm during the busy holidays and year round. They know when something is up and want to make sure they are included in whatever exciting activity you have planned!

Every holiday season (and often throughout the year) brings its own share of activities but there are some things that always get your dog pretty excited… visiting guests, holiday decorating, lots more cooking than usual, changes in feeding schedules due to the fact that you are gone so much (and yes, your pup wishes you were home more but what can they do?!?). All of this can turn your dog’s normally calm and collected personality into a frustrated, frazzled, and, well, mischievous dog.

Calming Tips for Your Dog

There are things that you can do as a loving pet parent to minimize your pet’s stress level and make life easier for the whole family: 

  • Keep her on a regular schedule – this includes food and grooming
  • Limit the amount of travel that you do with your dog and, more importantly, without her
  • Limit the number of guests that come over to your house (and only bring over the nice ones who give belly rubs and treats please)
  • Don’t leave those lovely wrapped presents out for your dog to “dig around in” because she will! And the decorations on the tree look like fun playtoys so it might be best to keep them out of your pet’s reach
  • As much as your dog may beg, table scraps are not good for pets so please do not tempt them with them
  • Please do not bring other pets over to visit. Your dog has enough love to share with all of your guests so there is no need for competitive stress in her own home!

The easiest way to create a stress-free escape for your pet is to take them for regular walks and runs to reduce stress. Be sure to keep her close to you with a nice, strong collar and leash set in our favorite holiday colors! Your dog is sure to be the envy of every pet and pet owner as you share quality time together in style!

Since the day she was born, Michelle has lived in a home full of dogs and dog lovers. Her home is no exception with two adorable rescue pups of her own, Bella and Lily. Their unconditional love and never ending tail wags make every day brighter.

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