Tips to keep your pet calm during the holidays

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There’s one family member that many people forget about during holiday family gatherings: the pet.

With the hustle and bustle of the season, many dogs and cats get overly excited when friends and family gather. This not only can annoy your visitors, it also can be harmful to your pet.

But you don’t have to keep your animal crated or locked in a room in order to avoid problems. The following tips will help your pet stay calm enough to not miss out on the holiday fun:

 • Give your pet an extra workout. Taking your pet for an extra long walk or having a longer playtime can help tire your pet out before the party starts.

 • Encourage guests to greet with care. As the party goers trickle in, ask your guests to calmly greet your pet.
Giving an excited greeting can encourage your pet to do the same.

 • Relax your pet with a natural supplement. Many experts say that calming products can help your pet relieve hyperactivity. Consult with your vet to find out what may be the best product for your particular pet.

• Amuse your pet with a toy. To distract your pet from jumping up on guests or getting into things, use toys as a distraction. For dogs, toys with hiding places for treats are suggested. Catnip toys will keep cats busy.

• Reward good behavior a few times during the event. Keep some treats handy. Encourage your guests to refrain from feeding your pet “people food.” Using it as a treat can lead to your pet begging for more at your guests’ feet.

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