JUBILEE: Dog Expert Weighs In On How To Ensure 'Ones' Dogs Behaviour Is Royally Respectful
With Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee celebrations commencing very soon, the UK's streets will soon be decorated with Union Jack flags and patriotic decorations, and many of us will be attending or hosting parties, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years of valiant service.
The UK is a nation of dog lovers, and statistics from the PDSA show that "26% of UK adults have a dog with an estimated population of 9.6 million pet dogs". Kennel Store has advised Brits on how to ensure their Jubilee celebrations are smooth sailing in terms of making sure pets aren't overstimulated and misbehaving and how to prepare for a house full of guests.
"Street parties and family get-togethers are a chance to come together and socialise, and now is a perfect time as we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Many of us consider dogs treasured members of the family, and so it's important they too are included in the festivities. Large crowds can be overwhelming for dogs, so it's important to understand your dog's personality and how much social interaction they're able to handle to prevent unwanted behaviours.
Try to preserve day to day normality
Dogs are creatures of routine and enjoy having a consistent, daily schedule. If this is disrupted greatly, it can instil feelings of insecurity and under confidence, which may cause a change in behaviour.
Ensure you're walking, feeding and playing with your dog at the standard times to maintain some normality.
Add in an extra walk
Many dogs exhibit nervous and excited energy as new and unfamiliar faces enter your home, but it may benefit your dog to go on an extra walk during the day to help burn off some nervous energy. It's also worth noting that if you find your dog becoming overwhelmed whilst your guests are present, taking your dog out for a stroll can help settle them.
Set some boundaries with your guests
Your dog's behaviour is extremely important during parties, but so is your guest's behaviour. Running over some ground rules with your friends and family. Make sure your dog's space is being respected and that any children who are around are also able to maintain a level of distance and mutual respect. Putting certain rules in place such as not playing with the dog until all four paws are on the floor can help keep your dog calm and prevent them from becoming overexcited.
Respect your dog's space
Your dog needs space to retreat when they are feeling overwhelmed or wishes to retreat. If your dog is crate trained and finds their crate a safe space, keep the door open so they have an area to go. Your guests won't mind and they're more likely to behave better and feel safer knowing their crate or bed is readily available.
Making sure your pet is behaving during social events will ease anxiety for not only you, but also your dog too. Ensuring they feel safe and secure will help your dog be on their best behaviour."