A Puppy Dog’s Guide to

Navigating the Festive Frenzy

First of all, let's address the elephant in the room - or should I say, the puppy dog in the living room.

The holiday season, with its flurry of activities, twinkling lights, and an endless stream of guests, can be a sensory overload for our furry friends.

It's like throwing them into a real-life version of "The Nutcracker," but with less ballet and more chewed-up slippers.

So, how do we help our puppy dogs navigate this festive frenzy?

The #1 rule of Puppy Dog Holiday Club is: Stick to the routine. 

Yes, even when Aunt Mildred is over for her annual visit and insists on a 3-hour retelling of her trip to the grocery store. Puppy dogs, much like us after hearing Aunt Mildred's story, crave the comfort of routine.

Amidst the holiday chaos, try to maintain your puppy dog’s regular feeding, sleeping, and exercise schedule. This consistency provides a sense of security and normalcy for your puppy, and it also gives you a valid excuse to escape Aunt Mildred's grocery saga.

Next up: Socialization. 

The holiday season often brings a parade of visitors to your home, turning it into a veritable 'Who's Who' of your social circle.

For your puppy dog, this can be as confusing as trying to understand the plot of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

To help them cope, start by gradually introducing them to new people and environments.

Think of it as their very own holiday meet-and-greet, just with less awkward small talk and more tail-wagging.

Remember, every puppy dog is unique, just like every ugly holiday sweater.

 What works for one might not work for another.

The key is patience, consistency, understanding, and maybe a little bit of holiday magic.

After all, 'tis the season for love, joy, and a well-behaved puppy dog.

So, as you deck the halls and trim the tree, keep these tips in mind.

With a little preparation, your puppy will be ready to face the holiday season head-on, and who knows, they might just end up being the life of the party.

Just keep an eye on the eggnog - puppy dogs and spiked drinks are a recipe for a very different kind of holiday story! 🤣

Happy Holidays from Patty
Your Intuitive Dog Coach