It’s time to prepare your pet for possible holiday stress from guests!
Even though the holiday season may look different for everyone this year when it comes to traveling and having guests over, there still may be some small family get-togethers around the holiday festivities. We know that having other people in the home besides your immediate family can sometimes make your pets feel uncomfortable. It could also be the total opposite where your pet could get overstimulated from having guests over and may have trouble relaxing. Either way, having company can be a huge stressor on you and especially your fur family. If your pet struggles with situational stress from having company over, we’ve got some tips and tricks to make for a more calming holiday experience!
Use Pet Releaf CBD Hemp Oil
If your pet isn’t the biggest fan of having company over, especially people they may be unfamiliar with, administering Pet Releaf CBD supplements for dogs may be useful! As CBD may help promote calmness and relaxation in pets, administering it before a big event like a holiday party could potentially help your dog or cat feel more comfortable around your holiday guests. Even if your pet has issues relaxing around multiple people in the home, giving our CBD pet products may also help your pet stay calm during dinnertime.
Whether you’re planning on trying out our CBD-infused Pet Releaf Edibites or upgrading to one of our higher potency CBD Hemp Oils, we have recommended usage amounts on each of our products based on your dog’s weight. We also suggest administering your pet’s recommended usage amount about an hour or so before the festivities begin, so it has time to take effect. If you’re not sure which product to choose for your furry friend, make sure to give our product finder a try to get a custom product recommendation!
Create a Cozy Spot
If your pet is skittish around new people or just isn’t a fan of having humans in their business, it may be best to create a comfortable area just for them! Creating a quiet, cozy spot for them to rest away from people just may help your pet feel safer in their own home. We’d recommend their favorite dog bed along with some blankets and their favorite toys. Plus, playing some relaxing background music could help distract your pet from the commotion at the dining room table.
Dog crate training can also be super beneficial for helping your pet escape from the holiday stress. If your dog is already crate trained, they should view their kennel as a safe and comfortable space already!
While your focus may be more on your guests and not as much as your pets during a holiday celebration, your pets could, unfortunately, get destructive while you’re not watching. If you just adopted a new rescue puppy and you’re in the process of training them, you may want to puppy-proof the house so they can’t get into any funny business when you may not be paying attention. AKC.org provides an extensive puppy-proofing list to help you get started! One of the major items on the list includes securing trash bins to help prevent your pets from eating anything that could be potentially harmful to their health.
Keep Guests on the Same Page
Speaking of potentially harmful foods around the holidays, it’s also important to make sure your holiday company is all on the same page when it comes to feeding your pets. We recommend making a disclaimer to your guests about not feeding your pets human food to avoid any poisonous foods entering your pet’s body. As turkey is usually a main dish around the holidays, it’s vital that your pet does not get fed any as turkey could be extremely harmful for pets.
To deter your pet from begging at the table, try giving your pet a puzzle toy while you and your guests are eating your holiday feast. We have 4 Kong Recipes Featuring Pet Releaf Hemp Oil to help keep your dog calm as well as occupied while your guests are over!
If your pet is the opposite of stressed when they’re around guests and gets way too excited with new people around, you may want to consider getting your pet’s daily exercise out of the way before company comes over. This way you can tire out your dog before any company arrives at your door! If you’re looking for some fun ways that you can exercise with your pets, check out our 4 Exercises You Can Do With Your Pet blog!