How great it is that every year, we can stand on the eve of new beginnings, and make resolutions that will benefit ourselves, and those around us! That does deserve a celebration doesn’t it? Whether you plan on having a quiet evening at home, nursing a glass, and watching the tube; or you’re going to take it to the streets, and end this year with a bang, this guide is here to help you ensure that your pet will be safe during the New Year’s holiday.
Stick to your daily routine as much as possible. While this time of year is cause for excitement for us humans, it can be a source of anxiety, fear or injury for a puppy. Before the celebration begins, reenact your daily routing with your pet as much as possible. They can already sense that things might be a little different, so taking the time to care for them as you normally would gives your little one security, and tells them that everything is fine.
• Provide some sort of quiet area away from the festivities, preferably a room. If your pet needs to escape or you see that they need some quiet time, it will already be prepared.
• Have extra special treats available-but don’t reward fear, anxiety, begging or aggression.
• Remind guests not to feed your pet human food, and ensure (to the best of your ability) that alcohol is out of reach; it is highly toxic to animals.
• If your pet is very skittish, try purchasing plug-in pheromones to calm their nerves.
• If you will be gone, play classical music to soothe your pet, and drown out noise from fireworks or neighbours.
Not very many things are as fun as outdoor activities with a dog. However, keep in mind that things will be very different for your pet during New Year’s celebrations if you decide to let them tag along for fun outdoors. Environmental changes such as fireworks, and loud music could cause fear or insecurity; and drastically change your pet’s behaviour.
• Keep to well-lit areas.
• Leash your pet at all times.
• Plan ahead to get your pet proper identification, and a reflective collar.
• Avoid those who are acting out from the influence of alcohol as your dog may think they’re a threat.
• Reassure your pet through your tone of voice, and being calm, not by cuddling, which reinforces fear.
• Consider your pet’s age, breed, and level of socialization when taking them to certain venues.
The coming New Year is something that definitely deserves celebration. Taking your activities into consideration, and how they will affect your pet makes you one of the most responsible pet owners. Following this simple list will help the both of you get through happy, and unscathed. Getting your pet proper identification, and planning around their age, breed, and temperament is a good foundation for a happy new year.
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