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Five ways to make the holidays less stressful for your Golden retriever

Five ways to make the holidays less stressful for your Golden retriever

Whit all that is going on in the world (*cough* pandemic *cough*) many decided not to see friends or family this holiday season, however there are also people who plan to safely host guests.

Many of the hosting families have dogs too, and they need to ensure that their fur babies are taken care of as well. Having people over for the holidays is stressful enough—and you don’t want to be also having to apologize for your dog’s behavior.

  • Avoid doing things that might make your pup look bad. For example, if it likes to “counter surf” or steal things off the counter make sure there aren’t tempting food items left within reach, and that your dog isn’t left alone in the kitchen.
  • Try the “supervise or confine” rule. This means that if you can’t fully supervise your puppy to prevent unwanted behavior, they should be safely confined to a puppy-safe area of the home or a crate.
  • Use high-value-treats to reward your dog for appropriate calm behavior like sitting or settling into a down. Be sure to praise and reward your dog for the behavior you want.
  • In cases when your pup starts getting overwhelmed or stressed by visitors, take a break and take it for a quick walk, or for some relaxation time in a private area of the home.
  • Set up a space in your home to allow your dog to get away from the stress of festivities. Put your dog’s crate in an out-of-the-way place that’s accessible to them but away from visitors for example.