One of the best things about the holiday season is the fact that you get to spend time with family and friends. However, having a squirrelly dog can greatly affect your plans. Having guests over to your house isn’t any fun if your canine companion is always causing a ruckus!
Before you invite anyone over for dinner, take the time to make sure that your dog is well behaved.
Prevent your dog from jumping
The biggest complaint that a professional pet clinic hears relates to jumping behaviors. Some dogs get so excited to greet people as they walk through the door that they jump and drool all over guests before they even have a chance to come in and sit down. This is a problem that needs to be solved before your first guest arrives.
If you have time, it’s best to retrain your dog. It involves ignoring him for weeks or even months ahead of time when you walk through the door alone. However, if you don’t have that kind of time, plan to keep your pet in a back room or in a kennel as guests arrive. You can also keep him on a leash and allow your guests to help you train him, as long as they’re up for the challenge!
Creating a safe, comfortable space for your dog
Not all dogs love having guests over. Even the ones that do may need to escape for a while. Create a safe, comfortable space for your pet so he has an area where he can recharge.
Place a dog bed in a back room, like a bedroom. It’s a good idea to place a water bowl out of the way and away from guests as well. You may want to consider feeding him in a different room too.
When trained properly, a kennel can be a very comfortable place for a dog to rest. Lay a blanket in the bottom of the crate and place a chew toy inside it. You may discover that your pet rests here when he gets tired.
It’s important to make sure that your dog is up-to-date on all of his flea medications and vaccinations before guests arrive! For help getting your canine companion ready for the holidays, schedule an appointment with your local pet Care tips.