Holiday Stress Solutions for Your Dog
The holidays are usually an enjoyable time filled with friends and family, however your dog might not always see it this way. A house full of people can sometimes stress out even the friendliest of dogs, as can the changes in routine that normally happen during the holidays. Here are some tips to help ease the stress and help your dogs have a fun Christmas as well:
1. Have a quiet area for your dog when guests visit. This can be a crate for the dogs that love theirs or a bed in your bedroom that your pup can retreat to if things get too busy.
2. Exercise! It sounds simple, but sometimes you forget a walk or two when you’re busy prepping for a party. Set aside time for your dog to give them a longer walk than usual or some playtime at the park. This will go a long way in keeping them calm when company arrives.
3. Try to stick to the routine as much as possible. Give your dog their two walks a day even if they are not always at the usual time. Spend one on one time with your pooch playing a game or just cuddling. It will relax you both.
Some signs of stress in a dog are
– Excessive panting and licking
– Yawning constantly
– Shaking and/or hiding
– Barking constantly and fearfully
If you see these and other signs of stress or if your normally well behaved dog suddenly starts acting up, make sure you give them some extra TLC and you will both have a relaxing holiday season.