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How to Handle an Unruly Dog with Guests Coming Over this Holiday Season

How to Handle an Unruly Dog with Guests Coming Over this Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner and with it comes the excitement of planning festive gatherings with family and friends. While it may be a joyous time of year, it can also be a challenging one if you have an unruly dog. The last thing you want is for your dog to cause chaos with guests in your home. In this blog post, we’ll provide helpful tips on how to handle an unruly dog when guests come over this holiday season.

Prepare Your Dog for the Arrival of Guests

Before your guests arrive, take some time to prepare your dog for their arrival. Start by working on basic obedience training with your dog, such as sit, stay, and come. This will help you gain control over your dog when guests are present. It’s also a good idea to create a designated space for your dog, such as a crate or a separate room, where they can be comfortable and safe.

Address Your Dog’s Behavioral Issues

If your dog has behavioral issues, such as excessive barking or jumping on guests, it’s important to address them before guests arrive. Consider investing in K9 training or working with a professional dog trainer to correct these issues. This will make it easier to manage your dog’s behavior and create a more enjoyable environment for both your dog and your guests.

Keep Your Dog Occupied

An occupied dog is usually a well-behaved dog. Make sure to provide your dog with plenty of toys, bones, and treats to keep them occupied during your guest’s visit. You can also consider taking your dog for a long walk or run before guests arrive to tire them out and make them less likely to misbehave.

Set Boundaries

Make sure to set clear boundaries for your dog and your guests. Let your guests know what behaviors are unacceptable from your dog, such as jumping on them or stealing food from the table. You should also establish rules for your dog, such as not allowing them on furniture or in certain areas of your home.

Be Proactive

Finally, be proactive in managing your dog’s behavior throughout your guest’s visit. Keep an eye on your dog and intervene if they start to misbehave. Use positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats and praise, to reward good behavior. And if you notice that your dog is becoming overwhelmed or anxious, take them to their designated space to relax and decompress.

Most Of All, Enjoy The Season

Handling an unruly dog with guests coming over this holiday season can seem daunting, but with the right preparation and techniques, it’s manageable. By preparing your dog, addressing their behavioral issues, keeping them occupied, setting boundaries, and being proactive, you can create a comfortable and enjoyable environment for both your dog and your guests. Remember, a well-trained and well-behaved dog is a joy to have around, and will make your holiday gatherings all the more enjoyable.

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