Ah, the holidays are almost upon us again. Here’s a refresher course of things you can do to reduce your dog’s holiday stress (and probably yours, too).

  1. Prior to your guests arriving, attempt to tire out your dog.  A trip to the dog park (if weather allows), an extra-long play session or simply a long walk would do the trick.   This just ensures that pent-up energy isn’t taken out on any of your guests.
  2. Have a plan for when your guests arrive.  Confining your dog to an area away from the door will allow your guests to arrive easily.  And of course, don’t forget to keep a collar with updated tags on your dog  just in case he or she gets out.
  3. Remember the Rules. This goes for your guests and yourself.  Just because you are snacking a little more than usual doesn’t mean your dog should too.  Inform your guests of the rules (i.e. no table scraps), and set a good example.  This way your pup won’t think that the rules don’t apply and go for those deliciously tempting food items waiting on the counter.
  4. Be prepared for the cooler weather.  Many smaller dogs are not built for the cold winter months.  Our Three Dog Bakery stores carry a variety of items to prepare your pooch for those dipping temperatures.  They have great selections of doggie jackets, boots, and beds.
  5. Don’t leave small children alone with your dog.  It is better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Be aware of potentially dangerous holiday decorations. Some holiday plants are known to be toxic for dogs and are not easily digestible.  Reconsider buying Poinsettias,  Mistletoe, and Holly or make sure they are kept out of paws reach. Dogs are curious and playful creatures. Be cautious of where you place wires, lights, and other decorations. Be careful when using the certain decorations that are not edible for dogs and can cause serious health issues (especially tinsel)
  7. Don’t fur-get the Kitties. The decorated tree you worked so hard to achieve must look like toy heaven to your cat, so make sure your tree is extremely stable.  And make sure to avoid using tinsel, or any hooks as a part of your decorations.  And of course, low hanging decorations are just too easy for your cat to get into.
  8. Have fun! Celebrate!  Enjoy the time you have with your loved ones (two AND four legged).

So, Sit, Stay, Relax and enjoy the holiday season! Oh, don’t forget to get something for Fido’s stocking; now that could cause some after-holiday stress.