The holidays can sometimes be a stressful time, but you can spend less time worrying and more time having fun with your dog by following a few simple steps. Simplify the season for you and your pet with these easy holiday dog hacks.
Invest in Dog Treats
With all the delicious dishes and sweets floating around during the holidays, your pup will definitely be sniffing around for some extra treats of his own. Instead of leaving him hanging or giving into his begging eyes, be prepared to give him an indulgence that's safe and made for dogs, such as Beggin' Strips. Keep a stockpile to get you through the holiday season — but remember to dole out these treats in moderation.
Prepare for the Party
If the excitement of parties is a little over-stimulating for your dog, it can help to do some pre-party prep. Take your dog for a long walk before your guests arrive to tire him out, and help him stay calm while you entertain. It can also be helpful to pick up a special treat, like a puzzle feeder filled with food or a Busy Bone, to keep your dog occupied while your guests are eating.
Make Santa's List
In the flurry of package opening, things can get a little chaotic on Christmas morning. To keep your dog occupied and avoid having him tear through discarded wrapping and ribbons, make sure he lands on Santa's good list with a new toy of his own. You might even want to purchase a backup gift in case the first one turns out to be a dud.
From poinsettias and mistletoe to live Christmas trees, holiday plants can spell trouble for your dog. Opting for the faux variety is the simplest holiday dog hack to keep your pup safe this season. With an artificial tree, for example, there's no need for that all-too-tempting bowl of water at the base, ensuring that you won't come home to a sick dog — or a toppled tree.
From family members to frequent visits from the delivery man, the holidays can bring a flood of new and unfamiliar people to your door. If your dog has a tendency to be overprotective or tense around strangers, prepare him in advance for a heavy flow of traffic. Before the holiday rush sets in, take some time to work on your dog's socialization skills. Have a friend come over to help your dog get used to greeting people at the door. Encourage positive behavior with a small treat.
The simplest tip to ensure that the holidays are stress-free and happy is to enjoy the moment. Celebrate the loving holiday spirit by curling up on the couch with your dog.
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