5 Tips For Dealing with Dog Stress During the Holidays

This post is sponsored by ADAPTIL®, but all thoughts, opinions, and cute dog photos are 100% my own.

The holidays can be stressful to dogs. Use these 5 tips to help keep your dog calm over the holidays. My tips are useful for dogs of all ages #ad #Adaptil

Our dog, Athena, is one of the best dogs I’ve ever met but she definitely has a nervous streak.

The thing is, the holidays can be tough for pets. It’s the travel – whether you take them with you or not – and it’s the constant coming and going. It could be house guests, or being a house guest, or eating too many rich foods that drop on the floor! It could be the inclusion of a giant Christmas tree – in our case we had to move Athena’s bed to a different corner of the room. I know she’s happiest when she has her bed right where she loves it to be! For now she’s sharing her space.

Here’s my list of 5 Tips for Dealing with Dog Stress During the Holidays:

1 – Keep your dog on her regular schedule as much as possible. This includes food, grooming, water, walks, etc. Even when we travel, we might walk our dog at the same time as usual, and we take care to feed her at the same times too.

2 – Limit the amount of travel you do with your dog. Sometimes, she might prefer the downtime of staying back with a beloved dog sitter or a member of the family. I always think Athena wants to come everywhere with us, but sometimes not.

3 – Be aware of potential hazards for dogs. This could be wrapped presents, food in stockings, decorations, or even unsecured trees. Take important safety precautions, and keep potential hazards out of your dog’s reach at all times.

4 – Limit the amount of other pets your house guests bring over.

5 – Consider ADAPTIL®! How does it work? It’s science! Mother dogs communicate with puppies through natural messages released into the air – and these “comforting messages” are called dog appeasing pheromones. ADAPTIL® mimics these strong signals of security – and this provides comfort to dogs of all ages – and helps them feel safe and secure during stressful situations. It’s veterinarian used and recommended, and clinically proved for dogs of all ages.

ADAPTIL® is a safe and effective solution that helps dogs cope with challenging or stressful situations. These situations can be loud noises, loneliness, traveling, or even adoption. When dogs are exposed to ADAPTIL®, they experience fewer signs of travel stress – like vomiting, salivating and restlessness – in as little as five minutes! It helps reduce or eliminate signs related to fear and anxiety, like excessive licking and barking, and hiding or destroying household items. After 30 days of use, signs associated with loud noises, like trembling, hiding and crying, were reduced by nearly 80%!

The holidays can be stressful to dogs. Use these 5 tips to help keep your dog calm over the holidays. My tips are useful for dogs of all ages #ad #Adaptil

ADAPTIL® is NOT a sedative or tranquilizer and can be used with medications – you apply the spray to your dog’s bedding or toys to provide calming support at home or on the go. You can use the collar to calm and comfort your dog in stressful indoor and outdoor situations – make sure it’s always on your dog, except when groomed or shampooed. You can also plug the diffuser into your dog’s favorite room before a change to their routine or environment is about to occur.

Want to hear more about ADAPTIL®? It’s the #1 veterinarian used and recommended behavior product for dogs, and comes in easy-to-use forms for home and on the go. You can buy it through Amazon and other authorized online retailers (EntirelyPets, HealthPets, Inc0 or your local veterinarian. To find it near you, visit Adaptil.com/us/Buy. Visit Adaptil.com/us or Facebook to find out more about this helpful solution to your pet’s life!

References:
1. Gaultier E, Pageat P. Effects of a synthetic dog appeasing pheromone on behavior problems during transport. In Proc 4th Int’l Behavior Meeting Caloundra Australia, Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science, 2003; 33-3
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What do you do for dog stress during the holidays?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.

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