New Year's Eve with dog: How to calm your four-legged friend!
3, 2, 1... fear. For many dogs, New Year's Eve is the worst day of the year. The loud firecrackers often cause pure fear in our fur noses. And as much as we humans enjoy the annual sky game, our pets do not enjoy it very much. Nobody likes to see his own dog frightened and completely frightened. That's why early training and last-minute help are absolutely essential. We will tell you how to take away your dog's fear.
Why is my dog scared?
Barking, trembling, growling, running away: Fear of firecrackers can have many faces with our four-legged friends. And this fear is perfectly normal. The dog simply cannot identify the loud noises and interprets them as danger. In the wild, dogs make their pack, i.e. you, aware of the danger and then flee to find a safe place. This explains the behaviour of your pet. So far, so clear, but how can fear be avoided or alleviated? Here are our tips...
Don't leave your four-legged friend alone
Dogs are pack animals - and you are (hopefully!) the pack leader. So if there is a stressful situation, your dog will always be guided by your behaviour. Now it's time to be there for your four-legged friend and fulfil your role. In nature, the pack leader would never simply leave the pack in danger. If he does, something is not going right at all. This means: If you leave your frightened dog in such a situation, the fear will only increase.
Calming through chewing and licking
For babies, sucking on a baby-soother provides more relaxation - and it works similarly for dogs. Whether it's a blanket, dog toy or chewing stick: Licking and light chewing can calm your four-legged friend. You should therefore always offer your dog his favourite dummy on New Year's Eve. Maybe you could even offer him your sock that evening? We leave this decision to you...
Create a place of refuge
No matter where you celebrate New Year's Eve, your dog should always have a safe place to retreat to. This safe place should ideally be a familiar place. Here you can use your own basket or a transport box. Important: Your dog should not be forced to go to this place if he gets scared. Perhaps he will look for a completely different safe place, like the sofa or your bed? If your dog is very scared, you should take this as a compliment and wait a few hours before training him.
Herbal remedies such as valerian or St. John's wort have been proven to provide relaxation not only for humans. With such natural helpers, you can also prepare your four-legged friend for New Year's Eve in good time. For this purpose, you should administer an appropriate remedy, such as our Relax Tabs, a few weeks in advance. These have a relaxing effect with plant power through valerian root, St. John's wort and L-tryptophan.
Power your dog up
If you are tired, it is hard to be afraid. So your mission for the days before New Year's Eve is: to power out your four-legged friends! This can be done by taking long walks, playing with other dogs or doing extensive mental work at home. It's best to choose a combination of all three elements and make your dog really tired. So on 31 December he will have nothing left but sleep.
Preventing fear, not supporting it
Many dog owners make a crucial mistake in combating fear - and it is fatal! "Oooh Lucky, it will be all right...you poor darling...". If you think that this behaviour will take away your dog's fear, you have thought wrong. All your four-legged friend will take away is: "Mistress understands my fear, so it seems justified". So please do not pity your dog, as this will only confirm his fear.
Let's go somewhere else!
Especially if you have a real case of anxiety and hardship at home, it makes sense to tailor the celebrations to your four-legged friend. In rural areas, you often have more chance to avoid the noise. There are also many countries that completely ban private fireworks. The best thing to do is to plan your New Year's Eve celebration well in advance and be well prepared.