Managing Your Dog’s Stress at Easter and Passover

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — With family and friends gathering for Easter and Passover, many of us will have a lot going on around the house with people running around busy with festivities. All of this can be a lot to handle for our pets, especially dogs. So, what can you do to help ease their anxiety and keep them safe?

Joining us Saturday on Good Morning Connecticut, dog behavioral therapists and trainers Richard and Vicki Horowitz from Bark Busters talked about managing your dog’s stress at Easter and Passover. And they brought a little four-legged friend with them!


News 8 anchor Brian Spyros sat down with Richard and Vicki to talk about this. Here are some of the point they touched on:

1) Why do dogs get anxious when there is a holiday?

* Changes in routines and pace
* More chaos and commotion
* Owner’s anxiety level

2) What behaviors do dogs show when they are anxious?

*  Jumping up
*  Stealing food and items
*  Growling/snapping
3) What should you do prior to guests arriving?

*  Exercise your dog physically and mentally
*  Not a bad idea to put your dog in a separate area or have the dog on leash

4) Who should answer the door and greet the guests?

*  You, not the dog

 5) How should guests interact with the dog?

* No one should move toward the dog
* Young children should be supervised

*  Give the dog its space

*  Guests should not feed the dog

 6) What to consider when traveling to someone’s home for the holiday?

 * Take the dog’s crate, bed and some toys
*  Not in the front seat
*  Tether the dog for safety

*  Don’t allow your dog to hang its head out the window

To watch the full interview, click on the video link above. For more information on everything dog-related, you can visit or

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