It’s that time of the year when schedules are thrown out the window, events fill the calendar, and friends and family gather at your home. The holidays are said to be the most wonderful time of the year, but our pups may not feel the same. They are used to a certain schedule and certain people and while it may not seem like a drastic change to you, your dog could be feeling very anxious during the holidays.
1. Give them plenty of exercise
Even if it’s a winter wonderland outside, a brisk walk can help your dog drastically. If you have a holiday event that evening where you know you’ll be gone longer than usual, take your pup for a slightly longer walk. A tired dog is a less-stressed dog!
2. Plan ahead with travel
If your holiday festivities include traveling with your party-pup, make sure the car ride is comfortable for them. Driving in the car may give your dog some anxiety, so bring their favorite toys, treats, and other essentials when packing up for a holiday road trip.
3. Create a comfy, safe space
If you are the hostess for your holiday parties this year, don’t forget to keep your dog as happy as your guests. Creating a space in a room further away from the loud noises could help them feel more comfortable – don’t forget to include their favorite toys.
4. Look into a pet sitter
Pets are like our children and we wouldn’t leave our children home alone without a sitter, so try doing the same for your dog! A professional pet sitter can keep an eye on your dog and help them feel less anxious while you are gone. Do research and make sure your sitter is a qualified pet care provider.
5. Try supplements for stress
Plan ahead and give your dog a calming supplement like Composure to help alleviate stress and support calm behavior. Give one Composure chew 30 minutes before leaving the house, traveling, or hosting a party to encourage relaxed behavior without side effects.
*CanCog Technologies Study “Assessment of Anxiolytic Properties of a Novel Compound in Beagle Dogs with a Noise-Induced Model of Fear and Anxiety”