Do Dogs Stress Over the Holidays?
Dogs certainly can feel stressed at the holidays. But they obviously don't stress for the same reasons we do.
What our canine companions can stress from is our reactions to the busy season. We all have so much more to do; shopping, entertaining, wrapping, decorating, etc., and, with all those additional activities, it stresses us more than normal.
Anytime you are stressed or anxious, the dogs will feel the energy from your emotions. And, just like people, all dogs react differently to those energies, anxiousness, and emotions.
When I get busy and feel that I am being pulled in many directions, it helps me, as well as my dogs, to stop for a few minutes. Even if I have a thousand things to do, I take the time to sit down on the floor with my dogs. I play with them, I pet and love on them. I find it relaxes me as much as it does my dogs. It has even been proven that petting a pet can lower your blood pressure. I feel better because I gave my dogs some one-on-one time. I know they enjoyed that personal time with me.
I actually make it a point to stop every day, either in the morning or before we go to bed, to play with my dogs. Life gets so crazy. The days just seem to fly by, so take the moment. You will both be glad that you did.