Behavioural Tip of the Month

Even though Christmas is over, the start of the New year can be a stressful time; organising and hosting celebrations, entertaining children during the holidays, battling the busy shops when getting ready for the new school year etc. For our pets it is also a time that can bring on stress and anxiety. Here are some tips to prepare your pets for the busy season ahead.

Dogs and cats are animals of routine. Stress is induced when routines change. Keep your pets routine as close to ‘normal’ as possible over the festive holidays, with their wake up, bed time and feeding times, and continuing regular exercise and play times.

For dogs that get very excited when guests arrive, try exercising him/her prior to festivities starting and use food based environmental enrichment toys to keep them entertained throughout the day to avoid them becoming a nuisance to guests. Ask your guests to not make a fuss over your excited dog as they arrive. Instead, have your guests ignore your dog and only reward with their attention once he/she have calmed down.  

For dogs and cats that become frightened and overwhelmed when quests arrive, avoid having your worried dog present to greet guests. Unusual activities and commotion can cause extra stress. Ensure your pet has a safe, quiet room to relax with their favourite bed and hide away from the excitement. Play calm meditation music to drown out the noise of the festivities.

Although it can be the last thing to think about, take a moment to notice your pet’s behaviour so you can put strategies in place to help make them feel more comfortable.

Veterinary Nurse Kirstie Hancock is qualified in animal behaviour with her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society. She has lots of great tips and ideas when it comes to misbehaving pets. Keep an eye out for her monthly tips on our Facebook page. Also check out her own business Facebook page - Positive Paws.

Archived previous tips:

December 2020 blog article - Let's stay safe this Christmas

November 2020 blog article - Travelling with your pets

October 2020 blog article - Urine Marking 

September 2020 blog article - Puppy Training

August 2020 blog article -  Time to talk about teeth for Dental Month

July 2020 blog article -  Dog Dementia

June 2020 blog article -  Diet

February 2020 blog article -  Heart Disease

January 2020 blog article - Summer parasites

December 2019 blog article - Christmas and NYE Festivities 

November 2019 blog article - Parasite Control 

October 2019 blog article - Toilet training 

September 2019 blog article - Skin & allergies

August 2019 blog article - Lets talk muzzles

July 2019 blog article - How diet and obesity affects behaviour

June 2019 blog article - Teaching old dogs new tricks

May 2019 blog article - Arthritis

April 2019 blog article - Behaviour

March 2019 blog article – Behaviour

February 2019 blog article – Separation anxiety

January 2019 blog article – Summer Survival / Ears

December 2018 blog article – Christmas and holiday safety

November 2018 blog article - Vaccinations & Parasite Control

October 2018 blog article - Cat behaviour

September 2018 blog article - Skin & allergies

August 2018 blog article - Dental Month

July 2018 blog article - Cat Obesity

June 2018 blog article - Winter time

May 2018 - Senior Pets / Eye Care

April 2018 - Endocrine Disease

March 2018 blog article - Easter camping

February 2018 blog article - Heart health

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