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How to Prepare a Nervous Dog For Holiday Excitement

The holidays are finally here, and they usually guarantee more noise, people and potential messes. If your dog is relatively new or has a hard time adjusting to change, he might not be too happy about your festivities.

His behavior might change, and maybe he’ll become very shy and hide away, or the opposite, and show aggression towards strangers, crying babies and other dogs who are in his family’s territory. He could also play too roughly and jump on or nip at your guests.

This is normal behavior; your dog is not suddenly defiant or dangerous. Here’s what you can do to help introduce your dog to the holidays.

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How You Can Help Shelter Dogs This Holiday Season

The holidays bring our families together to celebrate with delicious hot meals, generous presents and warm, fuzzy feelings. Unfortunately, a lot of dogs don’t have families or homes to celebrate in.

There are currently around 70 million stray animals in the United States, and around seven million dogs and cats enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters a year, according to the Humane Society.

Here’s what you can do this year to help these animals in their time of need and during the season of giving.

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