Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD292 Merry and Mellow: Simple Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday with Your Dog

As we step into the festive season, we often find ourselves swept up in the whirlwind of holiday preparations. However, amidst the glittering lights and cheerful melodies, our sensitive dogs can sense our stress along with the change in their environment, sometimes reflecting it in their own behavior. This season, Kathy invites you to create a holiday ‘green zone’ – a sanctuary of calm and connection for both you and your beloved dogs.

Creating this green zone starts with us, the devoted dog moms. When we acknowledge our own stress and take steps to manage it, we pave the way for a happier holiday experience for our furry family members. Remember, our dogs are incredibly attuned to our emotions. If we’re frazzled, they feel it too. By taking a few simple steps to keep ourselves regulated, we help them stay balanced and calm.

Key takeaways:

  • Less is more: our dogs don’t need a picture-perfect holiday; they need a happy, connected, and stress-free family.
  • Sensory overload makes dogs hyperactive, barky, anxious or easily triggered, so keep holiday decorating simple this year.
  • Set up a cozy hideaway for your dog away from the action. It’s their safe retreat for a peaceful escape during holiday gatherings.


Become a calm and confident Dog Mom with a cooperative, happy dog … without obedience training, relying on treats or arousing games, or corrections of any type.

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