Let’s face it, while the holidays are an exciting time filled with family, friends and celebrations, they can also be extremely stressful. You’re not alone…your pet feels the same way! Whether you have new visitors in your home, you’re bringing them into a new space or your pet is spending time alone while you travel, we have three the suggestions you need for getting through this holiday season with ease!
1. Welcoming New Visitors
*Ding Dong* The doorbell can be a huge trigger for many pets. It can induce barking, jumping or general fear and anxiety. Do your best to remove this stressor…let people know ahead of time to call or text when they arrive so you can greet them at the door without alarming your dog.
If you’re expecting deliveries during the day while you may not be home, place a note on your door to let delivery drivers know to simply leave the package without knocking or ringing the doorbell.
2. Traveling With Pets
If a long car or plane ride is on your holiday agenda, make sure you’re doing all you can to make your dog comfortable and safe. If you’re in a car, keep them in the backseat, and consider purchasing a hammock or car seat specific to your pet’s weight and size. Check out our entire blog post on traveling with pets for more extensive details on flying or longer road trips.
3. Extra Time Alone
As much as we’d like to take our dogs everywhere, it’s just not always possible. If your pet does not do well with new places and faces, they’ll definitely be better off at home where they feel safe. While you should never leave your pup alone for an extended period of time, make your dog feel comfortable for the few hours you’ll be away.
Keep them in a familiar area, whether this is their cozy crate or a gated area of your home, ensure it’s spacious enough for them to move around and remain comfortable. Make sure there they have access to water, toys, and anything else that makes them feel comfortable. If you’re looking for more ideas for mental stimulation, check out our blog post on keeping your pet occupied while you’re away.
These tips will ensure your pet stays safe, healthy and happy this Holiday season!