Start Preparing Your Dog for the Holidays Now | Pupford
December 27th, 2023
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When it comes to training our dogs, consistency is so important. While it would be so nice to work on a behavior once and then your dog fully grasps what it is you are asking of them, it doesn't work that way. It takes time and patience to teach your dog behaviors. That's why the time to prepare your dog for the holiday season is... NOW! In this episode, we'll break down three tips to help you start preparing now so that you can have an enjoyable season of get-togethers.
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OVERVIEW OF PREPARING YOUR DOG FOR THE HOLIDAYS NOW
TIP #1- TEACH PLACE
Teaching your dog to go to place is vital to overcoming challenges with door greetings, being hyper when guests arrive, and of course, begging for food. All things that come in handy during the holidays.
Get your dog to settle and you'll have a much better time!
Related Reading: Teach a Dog to Greet Guests Politely
TIP #2- IMPULSE CONTROL TRAINING
Simple impulse control exercises like having your dog sit before going through doors can help teach your dog to look for guidance from you instead of just acting on their own.
Learn 21 effective (and fun) impulse control games here.
TIP #3- GET THE RIGHT TOOLS
Sometimes even with the right training you just need a 'safety net' of tools and products to help keep your pup occupied and happy.
Mental enrichment can work wonders for your dog during the holiday season. Whether you're leaving your pup at home or having guests over, mental exercise can help tire your dog out and help them relax.
Related Reading: Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol for Dogs
Shop easy to use Mental Enrichment toys and tools.
By preparing now, you can help ease some of the anxiety that can be a part of the holidays. Remember to be patient with your pup and have a game plan. For additional trining help, download a free training app to guide you through different behaviors, cues, training and more.
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