Since starting this business it has been my immense pleasure to meet and care for a large range of dogs. But undoubtedly those that come from families where there are young children at home almost always come with real issues. One of my very first "charges" was a very young puppy when he first came to stay and while he was a little frisky this was nothing unusual for his age. However, as he has returned to me on several occasions since it is clear that his behaviour is getting more and more frantic. At one stage I was prepared to put this down to the testosterone coursing through his body but now I have another theory.
Dogs like everyone else need time to just "be". The problem with young children is that they don't see this and unless the parents can instil a level of discipline the dog simply becomes over-stimulated to the point that he/she doesn't know how to switch off. Once the dog arrives at our homes it generally takes 2 - 3 days for the dog to realise that he is not required to play all of the time - this can be quite a difficult time and he often whines at the lack of attention. But experience has shown that once he comes to terms with a normal existence of play and sleep he actually enjoys life more.
At this time of year when there is more than the usual air of excitement, please spare a thought for your dogs. They don't understand the changes we take for granted and are likely to be easily stressed. Therefore pay special attention to their needs and ensure that they get the peace and tranquillity they need to remain balanced.