Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year is upon us! There is something about the prospects of a new year that brings excitement and anticipation for new things to come our way. Many people find New Year’s Eve to be exhilarating, the parties, the bright colors and fireworks are always so inviting, but New Year’s Eve can also be a very scary experience for our dogs and their furry friends. The loud noises and surprising booms that come through the house can create stress and anxiety for a dog. To best prepare for the upcoming New Year festivities today we'd like to share tips and tricks for helping your dog cope on New Year's Eve.
Awareness is key, it is vital that as dog parents we know what signs and symptoms can signal anxiety in our pets. Click here to read "Signs of Dog Firework Anxiety" to be ready for December 31st.
Find natural remedies and aids to help your dog during times of stress. There is a ton of material out there that promises help and aid to our dogs that is all natural. The truth is, finding what works for your pup takes time, care and research. The best place to start is by speaking with your veterinarian, explain your pups situation, triggers and your biggest concerns and collaborate with a professional to come up with a natural treatment plan you both agree is best.
Don't leave your pup home alone on New Year's Eve, imagine being left alone in your time of greatest needed. You'd likely feel confused, alone and scared on top of dealing with the anxiety that is already there. Instead, make plans to stay in or have a close companion stay with Fido on December 31st. Watch a movie and cuddle with your pup fireside, maybe a quite night in is exactly what the doctor ordered for the both of you! Fido will thank you!
Lastly, avoid setting off fireworks. Unfortunately, we have little control of what our neighbors do on New Year's Eve but we don't have to add to the stress inducing booms our dogs are fearful of. Do your best to muffle out the fireworks by playing calming music and distracting your pup using safe activities that they typically enjoy indoors.
From all of us here at ZenCrate we wish you a very Happy New Year! We hope it's full of puppy smiles and snuggles all year round!
*Do you have tips/ tricks that work to help your dog cope with New Year's Eve? Please share in the comments, we'd love to hear from you!*
Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and discussion about pet advice, dog anxiety and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a pet medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed veterinary professional.