Christmas and New Years are a lot of fun and there is a lot of excitement and there is stress too.
Our dogs can feel all of these emotions. The one that we don’t want them to feel is stress.
One suggestion is keep all holiday wrapping paper, string and decorations from our dogs so they won’t hurt themselves by chewing or swallowing objects that are not appropriate for dogs to play with.
The best way to keep them out of the ornaments and such is to restrict them from the area you are decorating or wrapping presents in.
Baby gates are often used to cordon off an area from your pets but still allow you easy entrance and exit.
If your dog has a crate and is crate trained, this might be a place for them to wait until the decorating is done.
If a normal household schedule can be kept leading up to that big day: Routine exercise and walks and feeding times benefit your dog and his nerves. Throughout the holiday and the big day, Christmas, you will have guests coming over no doubt to celebrate with you. If your dog is over stimulated by all the holiday cheer it would be a good idea before guests arrive to make a “safe” place for your dog if you don’t already have one. The “safe” place can be a room, a crate or anywhere the dog can get to and feel safe when the guests arrive. Some dogs however get so overstimulated a calmative may be needed besides them going to their safe room
Always prior giving anything you usually don’t give your dog, consult your vet first.
Some dogs might be on medications for other health issues and giving them a calmative without knowing the side effects if any of the medicine they are already taking along with the calmative is why I urge anyone thinking of calmatives for their dog during the holiday season need to call their veterinarian first for consultation on this matter.
There are those dogs that do join the guests in the celebration and for their benefit introduce your dog after the guests have settled in.
Moreover, caution your guests not to feed your dog any party foods. Such party foods like nuts and chocolates, raisins, and alcohol and many more are harmful to your pet health.
For New Years a suggestion is that even the dog with the strongest nerves should be put up. The fire crackers and party horns are a people thing not a dog thing.
The holidays can be and are a lot of fun for us and we can make it fun for our dogs too with a little planning on our part with them in mind.
We then can all, humans and canine have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.