Dog gifts, festive accessories, and seasonal treats can make the holidays extra special for pups. However, like humans, dogs can find this time of year stressful, especially when guests come to visit and their normal routines are disrupted. So, how can you make sure your dog feels merry and bright this season? Here are 4 ways to prepare pups for holiday guests.
1. Create a Safe Space for Your Pup
Even dogs that aren’t normally anxious can benefit from having a safe space that offers them refuge from people or things that may be bothersome. Making this spot cozy and comfortable is especially important during the holidays, as it gives dogs their own place to relax when humans are busy hosting, cooking, or decorating.
2. Engage Pups with Interactive Dog Gifts and Puzzles
While holiday shopping this season, pick out some interactive toys or puzzles in preparation for visitors. Not only do they make great dog gifts, but they also offer pups mental engagement while you are occupied with your friends and family. Zippy Paws Burrows are some of our favorites, and we’re also big fans of Nina Ottosson’s puzzles.
3. Arrange for a Dog Walker or Dog Sitter
Even though your dog naturally wants to be wherever you are, a trusted dog walker, sitter, or doggy daycare can give them a mini vacation from holiday guests. In fact, most pups will be super excited to spend some time playing fetch outside, running around at the dog park, or hanging out with their puppy pals.
4. Set Some Ground Rules with Your Guests
Many holiday guests are looking forward to spending time with your dog when they visit. This excitement, paired with the perfect puppy dog eyes, can lead them to doling out human food or putting your pooch in a situation that makes him anxious or stressed out.
However, setting some ground rules with guests allows them to have fun with your dog, while keeping him calm and safe.
Are you expecting guests this holiday season? Does your dog love visitors or do they make her anxious? Let us know in the comments below.
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