Is your dog not a fan of fireworks? Many aren’t. But when the New Year’s Eve big bangs go off tonight, you don’t have to head for the basement to ring in 2014. Rather than let your pup howl it out or burrow under the bed, you can take a few simple steps to make the transition to 2014 a little less stressful for you both!
If you know your neighborhood likes to light it up on New Year’s Eve, consider an alternative place to spend the evening – or at least the time during the fireworks!
If you won’t be home this evening, turn on the radio or TV, a portable fan or other “white noise” source that can help drown out the sound of the fireworks.
Put a Thunder Shirt or an Anxiety Wrap on your dog. These tight-fitting “shirts” snug up on your dog, making them feel more secure. If you don’t have one, dress your dog in a snug t-shirt. Don’t leave them alone in these, as it is a possible strangulation hazard.
If you know your dog will be just inconsolable, ask your veterinarian about a mild tranquilizer to help take the edge off. For your dog, not for you.
If your dog is crate or kennel-trained, consider moving their kennel to a quieter spot in the house. You can also put a blanket on top of the kennel to provide further sound-proofing.
How about a distraction? A new toy, bone or long-lasting rawhide might be just the ticket to keep them entertained – and perhaps unaware of the noise.
Only you know your dog best and how they react to the sound of loud noises such as fireworks. Plan how you’ll make the evening as stress-free for them as possible and you’ll both start the new year off right!