SURREY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Flossy the cavalier poses by the christmas tree wearing a miniature father christmas costume, December 22, 2004 in Surrey, England. Animal lovers will spending an estimated GBP240 million on presents for their pets ranging from toys, treats and special christmas outfits for the day. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

The holidays can be a stressful time. There’s the money factor for gifts, lots to do, not enough time, family stress, etc.

A new survey from BarkBox, says your dog might be the key to getting you through the “holiday blues”.

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Here are some tips:

Spend more time with your dog: 85 percent of those surveyed say just being with their dogs help them deal with overall stress.

Take a walk: 40 percent of respondents take their dog on a walk to get away from family gatherings and stressful situations.

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Focus on special things for your dog: 58 percent of dog owners prepare a special meal for their dog;  57 percent hang a Christmas stocking for Fido and 56 percent include them in their holiday photos.

Buy them a gift: 80 percent of respondents bought their dog some sort of present. Also, 81 percent say they’d love to receive a gift that is really meant for their dog.

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