The ‘howls’ are decked with balls of holly and 2018 is fast approaching! Don’t let Fido hide under the Christmas tree during the New Year's Eve celebration this year! Here’s how to help your dog have a good time too.
If you are stressed from the holiday hustle and bustle - your dog will be stressed too. Remember to have "one mind" with your dog, and stay calm so your dog will stay calm too. Keep an upbeat, serene attitude about the busy holiday season, but especially during any parties happening on New Year Eve and about the fireworks. Don’t make a big deal out of your dog’s nervousness, he will take a cue from you and mirror that behavior.
Lead with body language
While soothing words can help calm your own nerves, body language is what your dog naturally understands and responds to first. When it comes to dogs, non-verbal communication speaks much louder than any words you could possibly say. Communicate to your dog that it’s okay to hide in a safe place by showing him—not telling him—where to go: a bed or your dog’s crate may be examples of a place your dog feels safe.
Reassure with small treat portions
Reward your dog throughout the day using smaller bits of treats. After all, he is a real champ for making it through such a loud, exciting holiday! To keep your dog interested in remaining calm and following your lead, spend time finding which treat works best as an incentive.
Try to make it fun by preparing well
If you are heading out to a party with your dog or maybe hosting a New Year’s party, be sure to have food and toys with you. Find out where your dog can go to rest and take a break from all the action. If you are leaving your dog at home, be sure to give him all the toys and food he needs to make it through the evening. Another pro tip: Leave one of your unwashed shirts out for him to cuddle up to if he gets nervous; the familiar smell will help calm him down.
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