Tips for a stress-free Christmas for your dog!

By Alison

Wed 13th Dec 2023

Dogs don’t do Christmas like we do! It’s a very different change in routine for them. At Christmas time we have to think about our dogs and observe for signs of stress. Have a watch of our video with tips on how to create a stress free Christmas for everyone in your household!

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The holiday season is a time of joy, love, and celebration, but it can also bring its fair share of stress. As we prepare for the festivities, it's important to ensure that our four-legged family members are included in the merriment without adding unnecessary anxiety to their lives. Here's a guide on how to have a stress-free Christmas with your dog, allowing everyone in the family, including the furry ones, to revel in the spirit of the season.

Establish a Routine:

  • Dogs thrive on routine, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays can disrupt their sense of normalcy. Stick to a regular feeding and walking schedule to provide a sense of stability amidst the holiday chaos.

Create a Safe Haven:

  • Set up a quiet and comfortable space where your dog can retreat to when things get a bit too overwhelming. This could be a cozy corner with their bed, toys, and familiar items. Make sure family and guests are aware of this space to give your dog a retreat when needed.

Mindful Decorations:

  • While festive decorations add to the holiday spirit, be mindful of your dog's curiosity. Avoid using decorations that could be harmful if chewed or ingested, and secure Christmas trees to prevent accidental toppling. Consider pet-friendly decorations to involve your dog in the festive atmosphere safely.

Healthy Treats and Meals:

  • 'Tis the season of indulgence, but be cautious about sharing holiday treats with your dog. Some human foods can be harmful to them. Instead, have special dog-friendly treats on hand to include your furry friend in the celebration without compromising their well-being.

Gifts for Fido:

  • Wrap up a few special gifts for your dog to unwrap on Christmas morning. It could be a new toy, a cozy blanket, or a tasty treat. This not only makes your dog feel included but also provides entertainment and enrichment.

Include Them in Activities:

  • Whether it's a family walk in the snow or a game of fetch in the backyard, include your dog in your holiday activities. This ensures they feel connected to the family and helps burn off any excess energy.

Limit Guests and Noise:

  • If your dog is sensitive to new people or loud noises, consider limiting the number of guests or finding a quiet space for your dog during the peak of festivities. Inform guests about your dog's preferences and create a stress-free environment for everyone.

Stay Calm and Collected:

  • Dogs are incredibly intuitive and can pick up on their owners' stress. Take a deep breath, enjoy the moment, and your dog is likely to follow suit. A calm and collected atmosphere benefits both you and your furry companion.

By taking a mindful and proactive approach, you can ensure that your dog has a stress-free Christmas, allowing the entire family to cherish the festive season together. From maintaining routines to including them in holiday activities, a little extra care goes a long way in making the holidays enjoyable for both you and your beloved canine companion. Here's to a pawsitively wonderful and stress-free Christmas!

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Don’t forget you can get your doggy friends some classes for Christmas,even an online course or what about trying some mantrailing or book our social Saturday? Check out all up upcoming 2024 classes on the list below

We are wishing you all a fantastic Christmas 🎄✨ and hopefully you will get some quality time in the fresh air with your dogs!

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