Start Training Early
Maintain Your Routine
Additional Exercise Can Be Helpful
Make a Safe, Comfortable Space For Your Dog
Determine Who Can, and Cannot Interact with your Dog
Speak to your vet about supplements to help reduce anxiety
Prepare For Fireworks and Other Noises
Other Common Holiday Considerations
Even when your home is free of guests, there are several other stressors and dangers that are present. Make sure to consider the following:
- Secure your Christmas tree, decorations, and presents so your dog cannot get into them. These new items may look like toys and will interest a curious dog. This is particularly important if anything inside could be hazardous.
- Be EXTRA vigilant when cooking and when food is lying around. There are many holiday foods which are highly poisonous to dogs – in particular chocolate and any grape based food such as mince pies and Christmas pudding. If your dog ingests any of these get him to the vet immediately – delay could result in death. The Blue Cross has an excellent article listing all the things that are dangerous to your dog – https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/christmas-dangers-dogs
- Make sure you have easy access to your dog’s microchip info. With people coming and going in and out of the house, your dog may slip through and need to be located. Being prepared with login and other information can help get your dog back home safely.
Prepare Your Dog For The Holiday Season
Every situation, and every dog, is different. The important thing is that you, as a loving dog parent, are taking the time to think about your dog’s needs. Every dog’s threshold of what they can handle is different, and you’re the best person to come up with the plan. By considering everything that may be stressful for your dog, you’re also helping yourself stay less stressed by avoiding poor behaviour.
Contact Me For Help
If you are struggling, I cannot urge you enough to contact me for help. The expertise I can offer is priceless when helping your dog overcome his anxiety and knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel – your dog CAN be happy at home alone.
Please, contact me with any questions you have.
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