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How to Keep Your Pet Calm in Social Gatherings



How to Keep Your Pet Calm in Social Gatherings

  • Create a safe space for your pet to retreat to if they feel overwhelmed or stressed. This could be a crate, a room, or a corner with comfortable bedding, toys, treats, and calming music or white noise. You can also use pet pheromone products to create a soothing environment.
  • Exercise your pet before the gathering to release some of their energy and reduce their anxiety. You can take your dog for a walk, hike, or run, or play fetch or tug with them. You can also engage your cat in some interactive play with a wand toy or a laser pointer.
  • Train your pet to behave politely around guests and reward them for calm and friendly behavior. You can teach your dog to sit, stay, and greet people without jumping. You can also teach your cat to come when called and accept gentle petting. Use treats, praise, or toys as positive reinforcement.
  • Respect your pet’s boundaries and don’t force them to interact with people they don’t know or like. Let your pet approach guests at their own pace and give them the option to leave if they want to. Ask your guests not to chase, pick up, or hug your pet without their consent.
  • Watch out for food and drinks that could be harmful or toxic to your pet. Some common party foods and beverages, such as chocolate, alcohol, onion, garlic, grapes, raisins, and xylitol, can cause serious health problems for your pet. Keep these items out of your pet’s reach and ask your guests not to feed your pet anything without your permission.

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