Day 59 Tip - Introduce Calming Strategies
With 59-Days before Christmas it is the perfect time to help your dog or cat learn to calm themselves. Teaching them how to settle is as simple as watching for when they do it naturally, and then praising them, using a clicker, noise or word like 'relax'. Do this for the next three to four weeks. Once the dog knows you enjoy them relaxing, you can in turn ask them for the behaviour, by using the clicker, noise or the word 'relax'.
If you may have visiting dogs, cats or young children, a dog may not know when or how to relax and turn off, so embedding this behaviour early will help to prepare your dog for the holidays.
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'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.