Set up a Relaxation Station
Another great idea would be to set up a Relaxation Station for your dog. This will allow them a safe and relaxing space to go to when things may be a bit much or their normal routine is altered when you have visitors over.
In the weeks leading up to the big day, take them to their relaxation station, follow their normal daily routine, give them a frozen kong in a space where they normally go to bed, if that space is normally the living room/kitchen where your guests are, set up this area and spend lots of time there beforehand. Turn the lights down, have mood-lighting, play some relaxing music and just hang out there with them for a few hours every night so that when it's time to use it, they’re happy, comfortable and safe there.
Never shove them in a room they’ve never been before or an unfamiliar area, this will cause stress and anxiety unnecessarily. Make sure you’ve always prepared them beforehand and ensure they’re comfortable.
Something to be mindful of is – it’s okay if you don’t want to think about training your dog on Christmas Day or any other day you’re spending quality time with friends and family. Don’t shame yourself for using management or opting out of training – if it’s best for you and your dog to opt out, do it!
If people are coming over and will be there for a long time, enjoy your time together but, after a few hours, you might need a break, if your dog is involved, your dog might need a break.
When you have people over for a long period of time, your dog should have some alone time anyway for some sleep and rest. Join your dog at this moment so you can also decompress and go back to your guests without feeling drained or worried about your dog.