From everyone at Unleashed Retreat: we wish you and your loved ones have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
As we ring in the new year, it's important to remember that our furry friends may not enjoy the festivities quite as much as we do. Loud music, fireworks, and crowds can be incredibly stressful for dogs, and it's important to take steps to keep them safe and comfortable.
One way to help your dog feel more at ease is to create a quiet and cozy space for them to retreat to if they become overwhelmed. This could be a crate or a designated room in your home where they feel safe and secure. You can also provide them with plenty of toys and treats to keep them occupied and distracted from the noise.
Another important thing to remember is to keep your dog away from any potential hazards, such as open flames or toxic foods. Make sure to keep a close eye on them throughout the night, and never leave them unattended in a potentially dangerous situation.
Overall, it's important to be mindful of how the New Year's celebrations can impact our furry friends. By taking some simple steps to keep them safe and comfortable, we can all enjoy a happy and stress-free start to the new year. Here are some tips to help make sure your dogs have a stress-free new year:
Exercise your dog/pet(s) during the day. A long walk or run can help your dog burn off excess energy and make them more likely to relax at night.
Keep your dog indoors and away from fireworks. Fireworks can cause fear, panic, and even injuries in dogs. Make sure your dog has a safe and quiet place to hide, such as a crate, a bed, or a closet.
Play some calming music or white noise. This can help mask the sound of fireworks and other loud noises and create a soothing atmosphere for your dog.
Provide your dog with toys, treats, and distractions. Give your dog something to keep them busy and entertained, such as a puzzle toy, a chew, or a stuffed KONG. This can help reduce boredom and anxiety and reward your dog for staying calm.
Avoid giving your dog alcohol or other substances. Alcohol and marijuana can be toxic to dogs and cause serious health problems. Keep these and other potentially harmful items out of your dog’s reach.
Consult your veterinarian if your dog has severe anxiety. Some dogs may need medication or other interventions to cope with the stress of New Year’s Eve.
Always talk to your vet about the best options for your dog and follow their instructions carefully!