7 Ways to Keep Your Dog Calm and Happy Through the Stress of the Holidays

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7 Ways to Keep Your Dog Calm and Happy Through the Stress of the Holidays

The holiday season is just around the corner. For people that means second and third helpings of delicious food, opening presents, and catching with family. But, it can mean a stressful change in schedule for your pets. Here are a few tips for helping your dog handle your hectic holiday schedule.

 

If You Are Traveling with Your Dog

Many people bring their dogs home for the holidays, which can mean long hours in the car and a big change in their schedule.
  • Have the right crate. Your dog’s crate is a big part of keeping him or her comfortable during the drive. The crate needs to be big enough that your dog is not cramped but still fit into the car. If their current crate doesn’t fit the bill, consider investing in a new one.
  • Allow for breaks. Being cooped up in car for long periods is tough on both you and your pet. When you stop for gas or snacks, be sure to take your dog out for a walk and bathroom break. If possible, try to time your breaks around mealtimes. Sticking as close as possible to a normal routine will help keep your dog relaxed.
  • Don’t forget exercise. Once you’ve reached your destination, you’ll be swept up in greeting people and catching up with family and friends. Just don’t forget to exercise your dog. Go for walks or play inside. A well-exercised pet is a happier pet. Plus, your four-footed friend will be more comfortable by your side.
  • Set boundaries. Chances are there will be a lot of people who want to pet and play with your dog around the holidays. Some dogs love to be lavished with attention, while it makes others nervous. Let people know what is and isn’t ok when interacting with your pet, especially if there will be small children around.

 

If You Are Boarding Your Dog

It isn’t always possible to include your dog in your holiday plans. Maybe you are flying across the country or heading somewhere that isn’t pet-friendly. Whatever the case, you want to know you have done everything you can to ensure your dog will be safe and comfortable while you are away.
  • Do your research. There are plenty of reputable dog boarding facilities, but you need to make sure you are comfortable with the people and place. Look up reviews. Visit the facilities. The right place will take care of your dog and put your mind at ease.
  • Bring your dog’s food. A sudden change in diet can easily upset your dog’s stomach. Always bring your dog’s food from home with you when you drop your pet off.
  • Leave clear instructions. Boarding facility teams know how to work with dogs, but each one is different. Leave specific instructions on how your dog should be fed, when he or she should be fed, and if there are any foods your dog cannot have. If there is anything else the people taking care of your dog should know, don’t assume they will figure it out. Bring a written list with you.

If you found this information helpful please share it to your friends on social media. Be sure to tag us @sparkysteps and use the hashtag #sparkysteps! Stay healthy everyone! Happy Holidays Everyone!

 

Written by Carrie Pallardy

 

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