One of our favorite parts of the holidays is spending time with family and friends, and chances are, your dog loves it, too, especially if they have furry friends to hang out with at gatherings! But this season it’s important to pay attention to your dog’s body language and behavior. While it’s fun to travel and have guests over, the changes in routine and environment can be overstimulating for your pets, leading to anxiety or behavior that lands them on the naughty list. Does your dog pee on the tree as soon as it goes up? Have you come home to presents being unwrapped prematurely? Try a LickiMat!
The LickiMat is the distraction method that can adapt to wherever your holiday travels bring you. It’s as easy as laying it on a flat surface and covering it with your dog’s favorite spreadable treat. The secret is in the grooved surface, which gives food lots of nooks and crannies to hide in, and most dogs won’t stop licking until they’ve gotten every last bit! Better yet, while they're getting a taste of their favorite treat, the licking action is actually calming to dogs. Have you ever noticed your pup start licking things in high-stress situations? That's their instinctual way of calming themselves! So not only is it a great way to distract your dog from the hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings or relieve boredom while you’re away for the day, it also helps naturally relieve stress and anxiety. Since it's perfectly portable, the LickiMat is even great for long car rides or trips to the airport. The flexible surface makes the LickiMat simple to roll up for when you’re on the go and all it needs is a quick rinse to clean!
Our Team at Two Bostons has a lot of fun coming up with new things to spread on our mats (and their dogs have even more fun taste testing!). Buddy Butter is definitely a canine favorite, and sometimes we even hide some small biscuit treats throughout the spread for a little extra sensory stimulation. For our extra anxious furry friends, adding in a drop or two of CBD oil also helps make huge difference, or, you can just give the Super Snouts CBD-infused Peanut Butter a try!
Wet food is another great option, especially if you’re at someone else’s house during your dog’s dinnertime. We suggest Open Farm’s Rustic Stews. They come in small, resealable boxes that are a snap to open and pour so you won’t even have to borrow a can opener or spoon from your host! This time of year we especially love the Homestead Turkey flavor so your dog can join in on your holiday feast without begging for scraps from the table!
Remember: an occupied dog is a happy dog and an occupied dog with a full tummy is even happier! So rather than stress about your pup’s anxiety this season, stop by our stores and give the LickiMat a try!