Holidays can be easeful with your dog(s) or very stressful. Here are some tips to create a more easeful holiday.
1.) First and foremost keep your dogs occupied during this busy part of the season. If you don’t have time to exercise your dogs contact one of the following dog walkers:
2.) There are also awesome toys to keep your dog busy that I recommend: http://www.petexpertise.com/jfteresi/
3.) If you need a break put your dog in his crate with a Kong or bully stick for your dog to chew on.
4.) During parties give each guest a small ziploc bag with some kibble or treats. Your guests are then instructed to give your dog a treat when he sits. If your dog jumps, the guests are instructed to turn their backs and ignore him until he sits.
5.) Children should only be with your dog under adult supervision.
6.) Exercise your dog BEFORE your guests arrive. Off leash walk or play is best.
7.) If you are boarding your dog I recommend Animal Medical Clinic in Bountiful.
8.) Give yourself time for just you so that you are not rushing around doing everything for everyone else. The more relaxed you are the more easeful the holidays will go for you and your dog!
Johanna Teresi, Professional Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC