Managing Holiday Dog Stress

The winter holidays might be a happy time for you, but could be stressful for your dog or puppy. If you and your family host parties or go off socializing, it can create upheavals in your dog’s life. Dogs that are extremely stressed may get sick, have aggression problems, or run away in a panic. If you live in or around Escondido or San Marcos and your furry friend is feeling a bit stressed, our team at Hot Diggity Dog Resort is here to help. In the meantime, we have gathered a few tips to help manage your dog’s stress during the holidays.

No Fireworks

Many families incorporate fireworks into their New Year’s celebrations. Fireworks can be extremely frightening for dogs, causing them to run from the loud noise. Never set off fireworks if you own a dog. If you live in a neighborhood that is known for setting off fireworks around the holidays, keep your dog indoors as much as possible.

Keep to a Routine

Stick to your dog’s usual routine as much as possible. Not feeding or walking your dog at the usual times will create stress and obedience problems. Dogs can be ignored with all of the holiday celebrations happening. Make sure you spend time each day fussing over your dog to make sure that he or she does not feel ignored. Don’t cancel any dog training or puppy socializing classes during this time.

Set Up a Safe Space

Do your visitors have small children that like to tease your dog? Visitors can be loud and stressful to your dog, which can lead to aggression. Make sure your dog has a place to retreat to if everything becomes too much. This could be a room in your home or your dog’s crate. Let all of your visitors know not to disturb your dog when he or she is in the safe space.

Don’t Keep Presents Under the Tree

Dogs will sniff the presents under the tree. They may eat any food they smell or any small boxes that fit in their mouths. This can lead to an emergency trip to the veterinarian’s office.

Contact Hot Diggity Dog Resort

Do you need a dog daycare or to board your dog during the holidays? If you live in the Escondido or San Marcos area, contact Hot Diggity Dog Resort to book an appointment. We are here to help when your furry friend feels stressed from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Call our team today at (760) 745-9900 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.