If your dog could count backwards, the drop of the ball in midnight at Time’s Square would possibly be the most anxiety-ridden ten seconds of your dog’s life. For their two-legged counterparts, it is a time of celebration complete with fireworks, kisses at midnight, and champagne. For their furry friends, however, the loud booms of the fireworks and screams of “Happy New Year!” coming from all over the neighborhood is nothing short of terrifying. To start the new year off on the right paw, have a plan for your pet for the evening.
Some dogs upon hearing loud noises such as shouting, loud music, or the boom of fireworks are unmoved, but many dogs are unnerved. Some respond by tearing off in whatever direction they can, causing their pet parents to search for hours on end for wherever they may be hiding. Some older or more feeble dogs may even be affected so badly it causes them to go into seizures or cardiac arrest. If this is your dog’s first New Year’s Eve, or if you have relocated to a place that is closer to the noise of the city, preparing for the worst will give you the best outcome.
There are several options when it comes to helping your dog cope with the frightening sounds of ringing in the New Year. Boarding your dog may be the best option, as your dog will be away from the sounds of your celebratory, shrieking downstairs neighbors. At Bed and Biscuit Austin, your dog will be safely protected in a kennel where he cannot try to run from the noises. If you know your dog has the tendency to run from loud noises, boarding your dog may be the best fit for you.
If you opt to keep your dog at home, crating your dog will help him remain calm. His crate is his den, and if he feels secure in his den, though the noises might frighten him, he will be unable to jump through screen doors or jump the fence to run away. It is inadvisable to confine your dog to a small room such as a bathroom where he may start to tear things up out of fear and stress as he risks injuring himself.
Other ways to keep your dog calm during the fireworks and New Year’s cries are keeping a radio on a soothing station near your dog’s crate, speaking in a calm and assuring voice to let your dog know that you are keeping him safe, and giving him something healthy to chew on to ease his nerves and occupy him. If your dog is sick or older and you fear he may have an adverse reaction to the noises to the point of hurting himself, speak with your vet. Many vets will prescribe medication you can administer to your dog on New Year’s Eve to keep him calm during the events of the evening.
In the morning, be sure to start your new year off right! Take your dog for a long walk, play ball, or work on his training. While you make your New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym, don’t forget about your dog’s needs, too! If your dog could make a list, we bet having fun would be on the the top of that list. Chasing the squirrels, well, that might make the list next year.
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