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Now that we are nearing the end of the year and New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, it means that dog owners everywhere need to be ready to comfort their anxious pooches. With people ringing in the new year with fireworks, it is likely that your dog will get anxious or frightened, so what can you do to comfort them?
The loud sounds, the smell and the flashes of light can be very frightening for most dogs, so on New Year’s Eve, try these steps below to help your dog during fireworks.
- Create a safe and comfortable space for your dog
When the loud noises and the bright flashes of lights go off at night, your dog will likely want to retreat to a space where he feels safe and comfortable. So, create a safe haven for your pet in a corner or area of your house where the sounds of the fireworks are least audible. You can buy a crate and cover it with soft blankets and pillows so your dog can hide in there and feel a little safer.
Crates are great because dogs tend to seek out dens when they want to feel safe, and this comfortable crate bed is the perfect get-away space for them.
- Have their favorite toys and treats ready
Make sure to have your dog’s favorite toys and treats ready. At such distressing times, when they get nervous and anxious, having something familiar close to them can be incredibly comforting and relaxing. So, if your dog has a favorite blanket, a toy that he always likes to play with or a treat that he can happily eat anytime, make sure that you have them ready.
You can even keep these in the crate bed that you have created for them, so that your furry friend can have a truly safe and cozy space where they are surrounded by their favorite things.
- Use white noise to distract your dog
In order to tune out the loud fireworks sounds, have white noise running in the background in order to distract your dog. You can turn the TV on, play some calming music, or even leave the fan on, so that these sounds can mask the sounds of the fireworks. Classical music has been shown to be very calming for anxious dogs, so make sure to put some Bach on.
- Exercise during the day
Make sure to take your dog for a walk or to the park to play during the day, before all the fireworks start. This will tire him out, making it easier for him to feel relaxed. Besides, your dog is more likely to fall asleep easily if he has gotten plenty of exercise during the day.