Getting Ready for the Holidays

The holiday season can be an exciting time for both you and your canine companion. However, it's important to prepare your dog for the festivities to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. In this blog, the K9 Shrink and Dr. Gail Clark will provide you with essential tips on teaching good manners for when guests arrive and more. Call for a consultation for behavior training today.

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Teaching Good Manners for When Guests Arrive

The first step to a well-behaved dog during the holidays is to Introduce your dog to basic obedience commands such as "sit," "stay," “quiet,” and "leave it" to establish control and prevent unwanted behaviors like jumping or excessive barking. Another helpful idea is, if your dog has not yet learned to greet guests calmly place your dog in a safe designated space, such as your dog’s crate or backyard so guests can enter without being accosted. After the initial entrance, you will be able to focus on handling your dog for the greeting and in a better position to introduce your dog to your guests.

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Managing Lots of Holiday Guests.

Your dog may become overwhelmed with so many new people in your home. Introduce your dog to different people gradually, one person at a time, and provide positive experiences by offering treats or praise when they behave calmly.

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Enlist Help With Our Dog Behavior Specialist

A dog behavior specialist has the expertise and experience to assess your dog's behavior, identify any issues, and provide tailored training programs. Our dog behavior specialist can offer professional guidance on managing specific behavioral problems, such as separation anxiety, aggression, or fear, which can arise during the holiday season. Dr. Clark has a unique process for teaching people how to introduce dogs safely to children and adults.


Preparing your dog for the holidays is essential to ensure a joyful and stress-free celebration for everyone. Our dog behavior courses at K9 Shrink in Wellington can ensure you and your dog have a wonderful and joyful holiday season. Call today!

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