Home > Lifestyle > How to have healthy pets > Pets and people 08 November 2011 Train your dog for holiday gatherings If you typically go everywhere with your dog, it's no wonder you want to bring your best pal with you on holiday visits. Here's how to prep them for the experience. 0 Subscribe to receive health tips daily » Like Health24 on Facebook » Ask CyberVet » Leopard filmed licking a baby impala Mutts entered into the US 2015 World's Ugliest Dog Do your homework. Investigate nearby kennels and pet sitters close to your host's home, just in case things don't work out as you planned and you need a plan B. Talk with your host ahead of time about your dog. Address any potential problems, such as issues involving your host's children and pets, furniture concerns, dog bathroom issues and more. Come well-prepared. Items to bring include food, your dog's crate or puppy gate, toys, bowls, a plastic place mat, a sheet or blanket, an odour eliminator and a stain-removal product. Make your dog feel at home. Transition your pet to the new environment by unpacking and organising the items you brought and creating a safe haven for your dog. Introduce your pet to any other animals in the household as soon as possible, closely monitoring their interactions. Stick to a regular schedule. Pets find comfort in routine and still need your attention. Although you will be busy, balance your activities so that you are doing what you would normally do together at home. You might have to adjust feeding and walking times, but with a little extra work and planning, both you and your dog should be able to enjoy a fun visit. NEXT ON HEALTH24X OPINION | Can tea really lower your blood sugar? 2020-10-20 13:35 More: How to have healthy petsPets and people advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.