Whether youre throwing a party or just having close relatives visit, the holidays dont have to be stressful for you and your dog.
Some basic training techniques and a watchful eye will help you and your dog enjoy Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday family gatherings.
1. Keep pets from chewing your Christmas tree or drinking from the base. You might want to use unbreakable ornaments if you have a puppy or exuberant dog or cat. And a pet barrier might be useful until you can trust that your tree won’t become a toy or buffet.
2. Be careful with decorations or packaging. It might be a ribbon or tinsel to you, but to your pet it is a new and amazing toy, one that could be dangerous. This is a great opportunity to practice “leave it” with your dog.
3. The “sit” command will come in handy when friends and family come to visit. Placing the dog in a sit, will prevent her from jumping on visiting family and friends, making a nicer holiday impression. If you are still working on perfecting this behavior, putting your dog on leash to great visitors or using a baby gate to keep your dog from rushing the door are handy tools.
4. Having a solid “wait” will prevent any escape attempts while you answer the door. The last thing you want is to chase your dog down the street when you should be enjoying family time.
A barrier can protect decorations
5. We know it’s tough to keep your dog active when you’re running around, but an exercised dog is a calmer dog. Walking your dog or playing with your dog before a holiday party or family gathering will reduce your stress. If your dog is the one who needs stress relief, providing a quiet room or crate for your pooch to retreat to if things get too noisy will make for a happier dog during festivities. It also wouldn’t be a bad time to give your dog an early treat such as a stuffed kong so he won’t feel too left out.
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