How to Keep Your Pet Calm During the Holidays

Keeping your dog calm during the holidays

The hustle and bustle of the shopping season. Friends and family gathering for events, get-togethers and celebrations. Young children excitedly waiting to see presents under the tree on Christmas Day.

The holidays can be a joyful time.  They can also be a little stressful, as well. And not just for you, but your pets too.

They feed off our energy. And if you’re feeling the anxiety of making your list and checking it twice, there’s a good chance your dog might be feeling the same way. With your pet, stress could very well manifest in the form of fear or phobia. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help keep yourself and your dog calm and collected in the midst of the holiday chaos.

Noise

Around this time of year the level of noise and increased activity can be quite overwhelming for your pup. And if you have a dog that is sensitive to loud sounds it could have the potential to put a damper on your seasonal festivities.

And unfortunately, it doesn’t help to placate your pet when he’s feeling fearful. It only reinforces those feelings. Instead, try some natural oils or sprays as an alternative to help reduce anxiety in your pet. ThunderEase Calming Dog Spray is a pet anxiety solution that contains all natural pheromones to help put your dog at ease.

Exercise

It’s best to be prepared ahead of time. Before the event, take your pet out for a long walk. Ideally, your dog should be exercised regularly to help expend any pent up energy and increase the natural serotonin levels in his body. These can act as a sedative. But if you’re able to take him walking prior to your get-together, you’ll find that your pooch will be much less prone to excitability and less responsive to things that make him afraid.

Enlist The Help of Family & Friends

Try limiting the number of guests that you have over at one time. A parade of people and children can easily excite and overwhelm your pooch. So start off with a few close friends or relatives who your dog is familiar with. Ask them to greet him in a leisurely manner when they arrive. Reward your pet with a treat as he reacts calmly to each guest.

Call A Professional

We also suggest the professional services of a doggy daycare on party days when your pet needs some time to relax and de-stress. Friendly pup-centered services offer playtime, naptime and one-on-one time in a clean, well-staffed facility.

Here at The Barking Lot, we make your dog feel like he never left home!

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