The holiday season gives you plenty of opportunities for gatherings, and of course you want to share your dog with guests. After all, your pup is a family members. However, as the excitement grows and festivities begin, not only can this cause anxiety for your pet, but they can also find plenty of ways to get into trouble.
Here are some ways to make sure your dog stay safe and calm and doesn’t disrupt the party:
- Be sure to give your dog plenty of exercise before your party. A tired dog is a good dogs.
- Feel free to politely ask your guests not to give your dog treats as they can lead to unwanted behaviors.
- Give them something productive to do, such as work on a frozen Kong or bully stick.
- Prepare or prevent. This means prepare by teaching your dog basic commands such as sit, stay, and come. If your dog doesn’t know these basic commands, there is nothing wrong with giving them a break from the party in a separate room or crate.
Keep in mind that the party can be just as stressful for your dog as it can be for you.
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About the author: Travis Brorsen is one of the most sought after dog trainers in America today and is Founder of Greatest American Dog Trainers. In 2008, Travis and his 14-month old, highly energetic and untrained boxer, Presley, won the grueling 12 week CBS’ national dog training competition, Greatest American Dog. As a result of the show, Travis discovered he had a passion to help other dogs and their owners create similar positive learning and relationship building experiences. Today, Travis and his Greatest American Dog Trainers team specializes in basic and advanced obedience, dog health and fitness training, as well as behavioral issues. For more information, please go to greatestamericandogtrainers.com.