1. Dogs feel more relaxed when they’re tuckered out. Exercise your dog before you hit the road.
2. If your dog is restless in the car keep him/her safe with a harness belt, crate or barricade. Driving is stressful enough!
3. If needed, consult your vet for any sedatives; there are herbal alternatives too.
4. Create a comfortable nest for your dog with bedding and favorite toys/chews. Think of it like packing a coloring book or games for your kids- just to ensure everyone is happily occupied—even in a traffic jam!
5. Bring water and offer it on stops or whenever your dog seems stressed or hot.
6. If you are staying at unfamiliar digs, bring bedding, dishes and toys. Familiarity breeds contentment.
7. An extended stay? Show your dog where to rest in each room, how to get outside and where to go potty. Need help getting your dog to sit still in the new environment? Check out our new station lead video Posted BELOW!
8. Sometimes the holidays rearrange the normal meal schedules…but your dog won’t adapt so easily. Keep your dog’s feeding and walking times on an even keel!
9. When you arrive give your dog a “virtual tour”—a sniff about the new scene. Use a leash if necessary as you walk him around the rooms he’ll be permitted in. Discourage marking, chewing and jumping—she’ll be the most well mannered holiday guest!
10. Most importantly: Stay Calm. Dogs are most relaxed and secure when you’re at ease. Should they get excited with holiday comings-n-goings, refocus them on a toy or take them aside until they’re more grounded. Getting angry will only unhinge them more.
Hope you have a happy and safe holiday! Gobble, gobble, wag, wag munch-munch scrunch…