aIt is two-months before Christmas and the stores have all begun to focus on the season of goodwill and cheer. As we await the first, or for some, second snowfall, and begin negotiating dates and times to see old friends and family, sixty days provides enough time to also think about our dog, cats and other four-legged buddies over the season.
Every day for the next 59 days until the big day, we will be providing tips to help you plan Holiday Pet Care and provide an enriched environment during this hectic time of year.
Day 60 Tip - Routine:
Pets love their routines and disruptions can cause confusion, stress and possibly behaviour issues. Take a moment and consider if your current routine, well-loved by your dog or cat, is going to be impacted. If it is, you have enough time to consider setting a new routine which better accommodates visitors. For example, if you walk your dog every morning at 9 a.m., but visitors are likely to disrupt this period, now is the time to slowly shift your dog's walk to earlier in the morning. It is more important than you think. Pets rely on their 'one-on-one' time with you to keep them steady, calm and happy. If you find the idea of getting up earlier a horrible thought, you can ask for help with a local Pet Care partner. They are likely to be able to reserve you a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker over the holidays to meet your plans. If you do decide to use help, make sure you plan ahead and book early, as many of the best Pet Care Facilities fill up quickly with reservations.
'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.