Are you looking forward to the holidays? Delicious foods and time spent with family usually equal fun times for the humans. Do your dogs or cats love the holidays? Do they embrace the influx of guests? If you travel to visit family, do your dogs or cats travel with you and do they enjoy staying in hotels or in unfamiliar homes?
Chances are your pets get stressed during the holidays. They are faced with new people in their house or they are traveling to homes they may have never been before. And a stressed out dog or cat can mean you may have a destructive dog or cat on your hands.
A dog or cat who doesn’t jump or scratch your doors or claw at your window sills might just do that during the holidays. What can you do to protect your pets from a “time out” and your home, a hotel, or your relative’s home from damage this holiday season?
Here are a few tips from CLAWGUARD and its ultimate ultimate pet scratch protection products:
Distract them. If your pets have toys to play with and bones to gnaw on, they may be disinclined to chew a window sill or scratch a hotel room door.
Tire them out. A tired dog and cat is a happy, content dog or cat. Take your dog into the yard and play fetch. If the weather isn’t cooperating for outdoor play, you can play fetch indoors. Give your dog a toy like a Kong that is filled with tasty treats he will have to work to get to. Give your cats some catnip filled toys and play with her to keep her entertained. Make certain you have scratching posts or that you take scratching pads with you so your cat has access to that instead of a couch in a hotel!
Stick to routines. If your pets eat at a particular time, stick with that dinner time and with food they are accustomed to. If your dog goes to sleep at a particular time and in a crate or with her favorite blanket or toy, don’t forget to bring those items with you if you’re traveling. If you’re hosting the holidays at your home, make sure your pet can get away from the crowds if she needs to.
Introduce your dog or cat to everyone -- if they are amenable. Chances are you know your pet best and you know whether he or she will want to meet the strangers. If you have a friendly dog or cat and curious children or relatives, introduce them to one another. If you know your pet doesn’t relish being petted by strangers, then don’t force an introduction.
Take a hike. Spend quality time alone with your dog and get out for a walk. Let your dog run (on a leash) to get rid of some of his excess energy. Going for a walk will help your dog expend his energy, tire him out and help you make room for pumpkin pie!
Here are some other tips to consider for your pet and her safety this holiday season:
- Don’t feed her table scraps.
- Keep alcohol and chocolate away from pets
- Make certain your dog is microchipped and/or leashed and collared, especially in an unfamiliar location
- Put your cats in a safe space so they don’t dash out the door when people are coming in
- Spend quality time with your pets to calm and soothe them during this hectic time. Chances are you also know that the simple act of petting your cat or dog will lower your own blood pressure and calm you!
If you really want to be a great guest and assure you get your pet deposit back if you stay at a hotel take your Original CLAWGUARD Doorshield or your Heavy Duty CLAWGUARD Doorshield with you on your trips this holiday season. CLAWGUARD is easy to travel with, install at a hotel or relative’s home and makes you (and your dogs and cats) welcome house guests because you won’t have to worry about your pets clawing the doors.