It's 58 days to Christmas, when noise and stress increase in the household. Many dogs react to the holidays with excessive barking or whining, destruction, and breaking house-rules.
A great way to keep your dog calm is to help him get into good shape. Just like humans, dogs manage stress better with a strong exercise plan introduced early and set as a routine before the holiday season begins. Start today by increasing exercise slowly by 5 mins. a day for a week period watching your dog to determine their enjoyment. Exercise should be fun, not exhausting. Dogs who are over-exercised means we have introduced that same stress we are trying to avoid. If your dog is not already fit, speak to your Vet first before starting your exercise program.
A few fun exercises you may not have done before include:
See Day 59 Tip on Calming Strategies
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'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.