Nowadays if seems like the Christmas Season starts just after Labor Day. In reality, the “rubber hits the road” or “the egg hits the nog” when your out-of-town family members ring the doorbell and put their suitcases in your guest bedrooms. At that point, Christmas day is normally about a week away and you are in high gear for Christmas.
Being a good dog owner, you have already prepared your dog for the onslaught of guests and have “Rover-proofed” all the things your mischievous puppy may find. Life is good and Christmas is ready to happen at your house!
As always, Santa comes and goes and you are now making that list of New Year’s resolutions. Your out-of-towners are still in the family room watching TV and playing with your dog. Your kids are in and out, playing with all their new goodies and chasing your puppy around the tree.
Here comes New Years Eve, you raise a toast and are really happy that 2020 is finally behind us. New Years day comes and your out-of-town family are out the door to catch their flights. A few days later the kids are back in school and you are back at your nine to five job. Life is “back to normal”.
Why is your dog all of a sudden misbehaving, barking, jumping, nipping you, an showing an unusually high amount of anxiety? Life is back to normal, right? The question you need to ask yourself is “What is normal for my dog and when is normal?”.
Dogs often “act out” when they experience unexplained change and inconsistent environments. We need to calmly direct them towards safety as we did with our children. Although this is not difficult, it is often overlooked when it comes to our dogs.
Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this and will help you keep your dog safe and happy, no matter when or where. Please take a look at our dog training blog titled “How Do I Tell My Dog that Christmas is Over”.