The holiday season is one filled with festivities and fun, but there are a few stressful downsides for you and your puppy, especially if you’re the one hosting the parties. The idea of guests entering and leaving your house, bustling over holiday decor and party food, and other changes can leave your fur-baby feeling like their world has turned upside down. This, in turn, can lead to unwanted behaviors. Here are some things you can do to make your puppy’s holiday a little less stressful.
- Keep a consistent and regular schedule
Because the holidays can be so hectic, it’s easy for our schedules to be thrown off in the whirlwind of events. Your puppy may also feel this change, and cause them to feel stressed or anxious.
It’s important to keep your fur-baby’s schedule as consistent as possible, including grooming, walking, and other activities. You should also make sure your puppy has plenty of food and water as you head to the stores for gift-shopping and holiday essentials.
- When it comes to guests, take things slow
The holidays may bring a multitude of guests to your humble abode—something your furry family member may not be too happy about. Your home is your puppy’s territory, and they will do all they can to protect it from any invaders.
If you’re hosting a holiday party (or a series of parties) this year, make sure to take things slow when introducing your puppy to your guests. Show them that these “strangers” will not cause them harm by making them aware of your guest’s presence. Keep them at a distance and slowly, allow them to come closer to your visitors. This will help your puppy’s confidence with your guest’s grow and ease their anxiety.
- Limit the amount of times you travel
Whether you’re with your puppy or not, traveling can easily be a primary cause of stress for your fur-baby. We recommend limiting the amount of times you travel during any holiday season. However, if you need to travel without your puppy or leave your house for extended periods of time, make sure to choose a good pet sitter or kennel who will meet your pup’s needs.
- Try calming remedies and products
Sometimes, it’s hard for your fur-baby to adapt to all these drastic changes. If your puppy is having a hard time adapting to the hectic holiday plans, you can try a number of calming remedies and products made especially for puppies.
Some of these products include thundershirts, calming oils, sprays, towels, and even mitts. You can also create a den-like space inside their crate, which can help them feel secure. Any of these products can support relaxation in your puppy.
The holiday season, while fun and festive, can bring bucket loads of stress to you and your puppy. With all the responsibilities piling up for the festive season, it’s easy to forget about our furry friends. Make sure to keep your puppy’s health in mind these holidays to ensure that they spend the best time with you!
Want to know how you can spoil your puppy this holiday season? Check out our blog: Easy Ways to Spoil Your Puppy for the Holidays.