Behavior and Training

Expert Dog Trainer Aly DelaCoeur Shares Holidays Hints for Your Dog

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Expert trainer Aly DelaCoeur gets ready for the holidays with some of her friends.

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Everyone loves the holidays, but making sure that our pets enjoy the holidays, too, can be an important part of the mix. Whether it’s holiday parties, decorations, or trying to find just the right gift for your pooch, there can be a lot to take into account. Life With Dogs took some time to check in with Aly DelaCoeur to get her insight about the best ways to make sure everyone, including your pets, have a great holiday season. Known for her excellent programs where she trains humans in how to understand and work with their dogs, she has a positive approach that makes for a healthy lifestyle for people and pets alike.

LIFE WITH DOGS: What do you think are the keys to having happy and safe holidays with your pet?

ALY DELACOEUR: The key to having a fun and safe holiday season is to realize that your dog might not enjoy what you enjoy. Getting dressed up for holiday photos? Make sure your dog enjoys their outfit by practicing beforehand with lots of treats and love. Planning to have guests over constantly? Practice a “wait” command with your dog so Fido doesn’t run out open doors or jump on your guests. You can’t expect your dog to know what you want from them the day of, it’s necessary to prep them in advance.

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LWD: With so many parties and gatherings happening, how it is best to include, or perhaps preclude, pets in the mix?

AD: One of the most important parts about having guests over to your house for a party is to make sure your dog can go to a safe place if he/she wants to. It can be really overwhelming for your dog, so have a room or his crate ready with toys, chews or bones. Don’t force your dog into a crate or a safe room, you want him to enjoy it or he will become destructive. This is why it’s better to practice before hand. Additionally, make sure your guests know about any rules that you have – perhaps in regards to feeding your dog or allowing them on furniture. It is important to set them and your dog up for success.

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