Even Dogs Get Stressed Out During the Holidays: Here’s How to Help

Behind all that tinsel and holiday cheer, your pup is suffering from a serious case of the seasonal blues.
If your dog—who’s usually quick to cuddle and always up for fetch—suddenly seems down in the dumps, the upcoming holiday could be to blame. Dogs suffer from holiday stress just like humans, and the most wonderful time of year is usually the most distressing time to be a dog.

First comes the giant stick the humans bring into the house. But unlike most sticks, this one is definitely not for chewing. It’s full of shiny baubles and flashing lights that are anything but soothing. And unlike every other tree, marking the Christmas tree as doggy territory is a big no-no.

Happy white dog playing with new Christmas toy with decorated tree in background. Selective focus on dog and toy.

Happy white dog playing with new Christmas toy with decorated tree in background. Selective focus on dog and toy.
In the kitchen, there’s the temptation of treats and table scraps that can be smelled but never eaten. Then there’s the random comings and goings by people who usually have a set schedule and the arrival of strangers who vary in terms of “friendly” but are apparently family members. Add it all together, and you’ve got yourself a very confused and stressed-out pup.

When your pup loses their jolly personality, it’s up to you to bring them back from the brink. Put down the shopping list and follow these tips to help your pup feel better about the holiday season.

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