Places that are fun for you can be stressful for your dog. The sights, sounds and smells are unfamiliar, which can cause anxiety for your pet.
Three tips for making your dog more comfortable on outings:
– Build up to high-activity events. Start by visiting places during off-peak times and for short periods.
– Bring treats that your dog really enjoys to reward them for good behavior.
– Pay attention to signs of stress, like yawning, that indicate it’s time to leave.
While many dogs like exploring, not all do. If it’s stressful for your dog, please leave them at home.
– Melissa Kolmar, New Dawn Animal Behavior Center