New Year's Eve is just around the corner!
Although we look forward to this holiday, our four legged family members probably don't. For us this night is all about fun, dancing, food, family, resolutions and loud fireworks. But for our dogs all of this means a lot of stress and anxiety. They can get so stressed out and anxious that they may not act rational and even hurt themselves.
We thought it'd be helpful to give you guys a couple of tips that have helped us throughout the years to keep our dogs calm when it comes to this very loud holiday.
1. Work, work, work, work, work...
Exercise, exercise and more exercise is the key! Start your New Year's resolution early and go out for a run with your dog. Not a fan of running? You can also play fetch, do some trick training, or our favorite, play some frisbee. The important thing is to make sure to exercise your dog. Not only physically, but also mentally. A tired dog is a happy dog. Hopefully, when the loud noises start, your pet will be to tired, to stress out from the noises.
As a good dog-parent you probably noticed that when they get nervous or scared they hide under the bed, couch or some place they feel secure. Create a little sanctuary for your dog! To be extra safe we usually crate our dogs on nights like this. Get their favorite blankets (maybe put one that smells like you in the mix), grab the crate and put it in the most quiet spot on the house. You can also cover the crate with a blanket, creating a nice safe heaven for your best friend.
Know your pet!
Not all pets are the same. If your dog is not familiar with a crate they can hurt themselves trying to get out of it. If that's the case, it's best to find a room where they can't hurt themselves or damage your belongings.
3. Music is the key!
Your dog will definitely enjoy some music on a night like this. Calming and relaxing music helps. Set the music loud enough so it will drown most of the loud noises, but not to loud it upsets your dog (pay attention to their reaction). Another option is TV! Some dogs like TV, treat them to a night of their favorite shows (maybe some Netflix).
Like we said before, you know your dog best!
4. Let's play
Another way to keep your pet busy is with interactive toys and games. Toys like stuffed KONGS or Nylabones are great. Ideally you will use a special toy or maybe even a new interesting one so they don't get too bored too fast. For our dogs we use some of their own kibble mixed with some peanut butter inside a KONG. That usually does the trick!