How to Prepare Your Dog for Holiday Guests

Ah, the holidays. The season filled with laughter, cheer, and all things merry and bright. It is also a time to spend with family and friends. Whether you are having out-of-towners stay at the house or hosting a holiday party, your dog might get overwhelmed with all the hustle and bustle. Here are some helpful tips to prepare your dog for all the holiday guests this season.

Break Bad Habits

A warm welcome to a dog may mean one thing–jumping. If this is the case in your household and you have concerns it may happen to your guests there are a few things you could try. One might be to practice beforehand with neighbors or friends to get your dog used to new guests entering the home. Do research on training methods or find an obedience trainer to help. If all else fails, you can put your dog in another room with his toys and bed until he has calmed down.

All is merry and bright as the food is passed around, chatter begins, and drinks are poured, but Fido can interrupt quite a bit with of his nonstop begging. The best thing to do is to break this bad habit well before you bust out the hors d’oeuvres. The worst thing to do is cave in and whatever you do, do not make eye contact (tall order, we know). But never give them food or treats from the table while you are eating. They will continue with this pattern if they know they can get away with it.

golden retriever begging for table scraps

Keep Bad Breath at Bay

Let’s face it; a lot of dogs have bad breath. And if your dog is a lover, then they will probably want to give your guests lots of kisses. Instead of worrying about brushing their teeth, try Minties Dental Treats this season to help clean their teeth and promote fresh breath. It is also a delicious treat they can enjoy too while we indulge in cookies and chocolate. When your pup goes to give your guests smooches, you don’t have to worry about it smelling like you know what.

dog kissing baby

Hide the Holiday Food

It’s all gravy until you look over, and your dog has his nose in the turkey. Be sure to keep a watchful eye on your dog if he tends to get his paws in places they don’t belong. After all the hard work that goes into making the perfect turkey, having it become the dogs’ dinner for one is a little more than frustrating. Not to mention might lead to further issues for the dog’s health and a trip to the vet.

dog stealing food from table

Give Them a Festive Flare!

Don’t leave the dog out of the holiday cheer. If everyone is rocking the festive wear, then it is only fair to get your dog a sweater or festive accessory too. Chances are this will make them the life of the party and keep them cozy all night if they need to go outside while the guests arrive.

dog dressed up as red nosed reindeer

These tips to prepare your dog for holiday guests will help ease stress and make sure everyone has a good time. Happy hosting!

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