Introducing christmas visitors to your dog

It's the most wonderful time of the year for many, but the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas can be a sensory overload for your dog.

From unexpected visitors to over-zealous family members – there is a lot for your dog (and you!) to cope with.

On the days you're having guests over, it's important to stick to your daily routine as much as possible, for example feed and exercise times. If you've kept to your normal routine the chances are your dog will be nice and relaxed by the time they arrive. You can also help your dog to stay calm by giving them a distraction when your guests first arrive, for example a long-lasting treat such as a food-stuffed Kong.

If children are coming who aren't used to being around dogs (or your dog isn't used to children), have a chat with the family beforehand to make sure the children understand how to behave, for example, to be calm, and not to approach the dog especially if it is eating or sleeping. It's important to never leave a child alone with a dog.

Teach children to Be Dog Smart at Christmas

Make sure your dog has somewhere they go for peace and quiet with his doggie bed and fresh water when the festivities get too much. They'll return when they are ready to be part of the fun again!

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