Would you like to include your pup in your holiday celebrations this year? If your dog is the kind of pooch who really loves having company over, pet blogger
1. Make Sure Your Dog is Healthy
"If you have older dogs or ones who've been recently ill, have your veterinarian check your dog out before the holiday season begins," says
2. Exercise Dogs Before Guests Arrive
Getting plenty of exercise before everyone puts on their best clothes and manners is a good start. Don't overdo it because some dogs make worse decisions if they are overly tired, but a good, brisk walk or some fetch can take the edge off high-energy pups.
3. Greet Guests Outside
If weather allows, think about taking your dog outside on a leash to greet guests as they arrive. This alleviates some of the stress of unfamiliar guests coming through the door, such as jumping or urination due to the doorbell ringing, etc.
4. Plan Appropriate Activities
Always supervise your dog around guests – especially children. Look for ways your dog can take part without necessarily letting guests run the game. Here are a few examples:
- Have your dog show off his tricks for guests. You ask for and reward the trick. Everyone gets to tell him how smart he is.
- Play fetch. If your dog is a good fetcher and can give back the ball without being too slobbery, then let guests throw the ball for him outside. With little kids, have them sit in your lap and help them throw the ball.
- Play find it. If your dog knows how to hunt around the house to find treats or toys, allow guests (again, great for kids) to hide items, then send the dog to find them. Just be sure the hiding spots are safe. For example, you don't want your canine pal rooting through gifts or everyone's coats for his favorite ball.
5. Give Food-Stuffed Toys During the Meal
Give your dog a break from the celebration. Hand over a well-stuffed food toy – either inside a crate or in the safe zone in your home – during the meal, so that everyone can relax and enjoy holiday treats.
Some dogs are naturally social. Some are not. If your dog is not particularly social, never force them to interact with guests. Instead, give them a safe zone in the house that is away from the noise and commotion, where they will not be bothered by anyone and they can relax.
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