If you’re hosting a holiday gathering at your home, don’t forget to consider your dog’s comfort though the commotion of visiting relatives and boisterous children.
It’s important to set up a space where your dog can retreat to when the party is getting overwhelming.This might be a crate in your bedroom or a spare bathroom upstairs.Be sure to prepare some goodies like new chew toys or a stuffed Kong. I usually set up an exercise pen in the office with treat dispensing toys.
Licking their chops (without food present, of course)
Showing the white part of their eye in a half moon shape
Turning their head away
Freezing/standing still with their mouth closed (body stiff)
Don’t let behavior escalate; it’s better to err on the side of caution.Doggone Safe also has free coloring and activity pages that teach kids about good behavior around dogs.They can be downloaded and printed from its website.The pages make a great distraction to keep the kids busy until it’s time to open presents!
By keeping these guidelines in mind, you can ensure that everyone has an enjoyable holiday -- two and four legged alike.