10 Tips to help your dog stay calm for the New Year: In many ways, New Year’s Eve has a lot of challenges for dogs. Indeed, noise, stress and sometimes fireworks are a lot of upheaval and agitation. This can be very stressful for dogs.
If you fear your dog’s behavior for this new night, take a step ahead to make things better for both of you. Here are our ten tips to keep your dog calm and serene during this evening.
1# Plan the evening in advance
First of all, don’t be surprised. You know that a lot of things can happen during this evening! Like fireworks for example or people shouting! So you have to plan in advance how to manage the evening. It will gradually become louder and more turbulent! Of course, if you know your dog can’t handle the noise and the crowd, you need to make sure that you’re both ready to handle things when they happen. But, the best remains to desensitize your dog to what it gradually scares him (so not at the last moment) and in a positive way.
2# Having someone at home
If your dog is likely to be very stressed and perhaps even a danger to him on New Year’s Eve, you may not be able to leave him alone. You may need to call someone to stay home and take care of him. Decide in advance, the professionals are very busy at this time!
3# You can restrict the space
Some dogs feel safer if they are in a closed environment. Therefore, if this is the case with your dog, you can restrict it to a few rooms of the house. Some dogs like their niche, their cage, their basket, or even their human’s room. It doesn’t matter if it just makes it safe. Make sure that this room or this place is comfortable and reassuring for your dog. He must see it as a safe place to rest, not a punishment.
You can also teach her what a “Happy Zone” is before the holidays and it will serve you in many situations. To do this, just positive this area with things the dog likes (usually treats or toys) and never use it as punishment.
4# Hiding stressful noises
Covering, to some extent, the sound of fireworks and other street sounds, can help reduce the effect they have on your dog. This means that the radio or television can stay on and be a little stronger than normal. If you use this trick, turn on the TV or radio upstream, before the disturbing noises arrive. Otherwise, it will only add a stressful noise to another. This trick is to be used only on dogs that do not stress to the sounds of the TV or radio.
5# Close the curtains
In addition to the detonation of fireworks and the noise of people at parties, holiday lights can also disturb and upset your dog. Close the curtains so your dog doesn’t spot the lights too much. Some dogs will naturally take refuge in dark rooms.
6# Pheromone clamps and diffusers
Pheromone diffusers or collars designed to calm your dog can be very useful at this time of year. It does indeed act on stress. Ask your veterinarian what type of products they recommend and use them for your dog if needed.
7# Spend your dog
It’s not a good idea to take your dog for a walk on New Year’s Eve when everyone is partying. But, you have to walk and spend your dog before the end of the day. It will thus be more tired and less stressed by the party. A very tired dog will be less likely to panic or react poorly to noise and stimuli, so get ready in advance for a long walk. Do not hesitate to do a game or tracking session!
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8# Give your dog something to do
Allow your dog to spend the whole evening with occupation toys. You can also interact with your dog if you spend the evening together. Ask him things he knows and rewards him. Give him things to look for. In short, keep him busy!
9# Act normally
You must strive to act normally. You are a model for your dog. If you are worried, your dog will be more likely to be worried as well. If you are not bothered by the noise and do not worry, your dog will find out. Some dogs are really emotional sponges.
10# Protect your dog
When we party and our dog is present, we do not necessarily pay attention to the interactions that occur between him and the guests (adults as well as children). It is important to maintain some control. Some people are not aware that a dog communicates its stress through soothing signals. They are not aware that these signals can lead the dog to bite if they are not respected.
The dog is not a toy and should not become an unhealthy amusement for guests. Similarly, children should not be left alone with the dog. Moreover, it is better to ask the guests, to ignore your dog. This will prevent the latter from claiming to eat or being overwhelmed by the behavior of a guest.
If you decide to isolate your dog for his well-being, the guests should not bother him. Finally, don’t take him to the fireworks. Most dogs equate his fires with danger. Remember that dogs have a very fine hearing, much better than that of humans. It is therefore not surprising that dogs are afraid of fireworks!