TIP: A Fear-Free Holiday

Amidst the festive cheer, good food, and hustle and bustle that the holiday season brings, your dog might be secretly wishing for a quiet and fear-free holiday at home. Even the most social dog can find a surge of people, loud noises, and unfamiliar faces overwhelming and stressful. Prioritizing your dog’s well-being during holiday celebrations by keeping them at home contributes to a more enjoyable and stress-free experience for both the pet and their people.

If you are hosting a party or gathering at in your home this holiday, don’t forget to consider how your dog might feel. To help them relax and cope, find a quiet room in your home where your dog can listen to music and chew their favorite treat or toy. Surround your dog with familiar and comforting items such as their water bowl, bed, toys, or favorite blanket. Make sure to check in on them from time to time and ensure that they’r comfortable and having a relaxing and calm holiday.

Not every dog will need a quiet or calm space this holiday celebration, but for those who do it can make a world of difference. When in doubt, approach the season fear-free this year so everyone can have a merry and happy holiday of their dreams!