Give them their own space This is especially important if you plan to invite lots of extended family for Christmas that your dog isn’t familiar with. Meeting lots of new people can be very exciting or rather daunting for our dogs so it is wise to leave one room (such as a utility room) or a quiet corner free for your dog to hide away in. Try to stick to your dog’s daily routine as much as possible Not a single aspect of Christmas makes up the household’s normal routine. Our dogs are routine driven animals and become anxious and stressed when structure is lost. We heavily recommend to walk, feed, and put your dog to bed at the same time of day over Christmas. By doing this, not only is your dog more likely to stay calm, your dog is also likely to settle back into their normal routine with ease. Keep an eye on any young children Young children can be quite overwhelming for our pets. We recommend to supervise play between young children and your dog so an adult can pick up on any signs that either the child or the dog are becoming stressed. If the child is afraid of dogs, it is probably for the best to separate your dogs from the celebrations that the child is apart of in order to avoid screaming and loud noises. Keep food and drink out of your dog’s reach Many dogs are notorious for eating whatever they can scavenge. To avoid your dogs from getting an upset stomach, clear the table as soon as everyone has finished their Christmas Dinner, keep food and drink on surfaces that are out of their reach, and kindly ask your guests not to give them food without asking you first. Separate your dog from people who are drinking If you are aware of people drinking excessively, we suggest that you separate your dog from anyone that may become a potential stress for your dog.