Friday, December 10, 2010
Dog Holiday Stress
Do dogs experience holiday stress?
Tips to Help Minimize Dog Holiday Stress
What can you do to ease the burden of holiday stress for you dog?
Routine, Routine, Routine.
Keeping as close as you can to your pet's normal schedule is the best antidote to holiday stress. Stay consistent with feeding times and amounts, and be on guard against illegal snacks.
Maintain his exercise, walking schedule and playtime. A tired pet is a happy pet. This advice, by the way, goes for people too. Exercise is a great stress reliever. Staying in shape improves attitude and behavior in pets and people.
Getting your pet used to crowds in the home also helps. Bring your friends or family over to get your pet used to it, and reward him if he behaves correctly.
It is important to reserve a room for your pet to retreat to, equipped with his favorite toys, a bowl full of fresh water, some food perhaps, and clothing or blankets with your scent on it. This gives your pet a safe comfortable place to which he can retreat from the madness.
As for Christmas trees and holiday decorations, there are a lot of hazards your pet faces – it is important to know what to look for and how to secure your home. Here is an article that you may find helpful.
Traveling during the holidays is stressful whether you bring a pet or not. Dogs usually travel better because they are by nature in love with car rides. Pre-planning is an absolute must, whether by car or by airline.
If you decide to put your pet in a kennel, do not try to find one at the last minute, which is nearly impossible at holiday time. Research the facilities in your area and ask around. A kennel should see to your pet's emotional needs as well as to his physical requirements. Be prepared to ask many questions when you visit a kennel in person.