Let’s face it: Though full of cheer, the holidays can be pretty hectic. Last-minute shopping, cooking, and countless visitors can interrupt you and your dog’s normal routine. If all the preparations are making your usually calm canine a little anxious, show them some extra love during this festive season with these five calming techniques.
Who doesn’t love a massage? Gentle touch will help soothe and relax your pup. Whether you employ something as simple as a pat or learn a new technique like TTouch, your dog will appreciate the physical contact and the break from holiday preparations.
Dashing through the snow can help an anxious dog blow off steam and tire them out. By going for a long walk or taking a break for some fun indoor activities, your dog can focus on staying relaxed when they aren’t full of excess energy. Plus, being active is good for you too!
Turn off the holiday tunes for a bit and treat your dog to some relaxing music. Through a Dog’s Ear is music developed specifically for dogs. If your pup is too overwhelmed during a holiday gathering, putting them in another room to listen to this soundtrack is a soothing alternative to “Jingle Bells.”
Your dog probably feels a little left out in all the holiday preparation–not to mention confused by the decorations invading their space. Take a few minutes to spend a little one-on-one time with your pooch. Playing with your dog helps you bond and helps soothe a worried pup whose routine has been interrupted.
Don’t forget that your dog looks to you for cues. A calm demeanor, happy face, and some attention will help your dog stay calm—and help you keep calm too. Remember, dogs help soothe human anxiety as well! So a little one-on-one time and sticking to your dog’s normal routine as much as possible will help you both relax.
It’s hard to keep your home stress free during the holidays. But by taking a little time with your dog and checking on their well-being, you can help them—and you—keep the holidays happy.