How To Keep Your Dogs Calm This Christmas Time

Merry Christmas to you, your loved ones, and your precious pets. We hope your Christmas has been filled with love, laughter, and good times. Many of us spend the Christmas period celebrating with friends and family and getting involved in lots of festive fun. Whilst for us, Christmas can be the most magical time of the year, it can be quite a stressful time for our pets. There is often so much going on and perhaps more people coming and going from your house than usual. This can cause your pets to feel anxious and unsure as to what is happening. Amidst all the excitement it’s important to take time out to reassure your four-legged friend and make sure they’re as happy as can be.

Here are our top tips for keeping your dog calm this Christmas:

  • Be prepared

Gradually expose your pooch to the idea of larger gatherings by inviting friends or family members over for short visits before the big event. This can help them get used to a busier house.

  • Create a safe space

By setting up a comfortable and quiet area somewhere in your house you will give your pup somewhere to retreat to if they’re feeling overwhelmed. This space should have their bed, their favourite toys, and a bowl of water.

  • Exercise beforehand

Give your dog plenty of exercise before any parties or celebrations take place. A tired dog is more likely to stay calm and relaxed.

  • Keep a routine

Maintain your dog's regular feeding and walking schedule as closely as possible. Consistency can help reduce stress and anxiety.

  • Use calming supplements

Natural calming supplements are great for dogs who suffer from stress and anxiety. If they’re suitable, you and your dog will be able to enjoy a more relaxing Christmas. Click here to find out more about caninecalm, Sabre Pet Food’s very own natural calming supplement.

  • Positive reinforcement

Reward your dog with treats and praise when they display calm behaviour. This helps them associate the gatherings with positive experiences.

  • Take a break

If your dog seems stressed, take short breaks away from everything that’s going on. Go for a short walk or spend some quiet time together to help them relax.


Remember, every dog is different and what may work for some dogs doesn’t always work for others. The most important thing is to try and enjoy the festivities, without exposing your dog to any unnecessary stresses. Pay attention to your dog's signals and adjust your approach accordingly. If your dog is extremely anxious, consult with a veterinarian or a professional dog trainer for additional guidance.