Wondering how to spend this New Year’s Eve with your puppy? You’ve come to the right place. Petland Kansas City knows how to make your holiday with your new puppy extra special, and you might be surprised to learn that it doesn’t have anything to do with the more traditional forms of celebrating New Year’s.
Fireworks, loud music, and shouting at the top of your lungs for joy the moment the clock strikes midnight are part of the quintessential New Year’s Eve party. But these could actually cause your puppy to go into a panic, if not get anxious and disturbed.
This New Year’s, we recommend that you start an entirely new tradition with your furry friend. Read on to find out how to keep your beloved puppy safe and sound this New Year’s Eve.
MICROCHIP YOUR PUPPY
If you got your new puppy from Petland Kansas City, then your new fur baby has a microchip. But for all the other new pet parents out there, it’s imperative that you get your puppy microchipped before the holidays officially begin.
New Year’s Eve is the second worst day of the year for dogs going missing. The worst day of the year is the Fourth of July. What do these holidays have in common? Fireworks and other loud noises. Dogs have such sensitive hearing and they’re so greatly disturbed by fireworks that in order to alleviate the distress of these loud explosions, they often run off.
Fireworks aren’t the only reason a dog might flee. Other reasons include:
- Loud noises, music, party poppers and noisemakers
- Large crowds of people and too many strangers
- Unfamiliar surroundings
- A change in their normal routine
First and foremost, we strongly recommend that you do not expose your puppy to any loud noises, new people, or changes in his routine. That is the best way to prevent your puppy from running off out of fear. Having your puppy microchipped is the best recourse if he does run off, of course.
When your puppy is microchipped and you’ve registered all of your information, then you can find him with the microchip’s GPS tracking whenever you please. It’s a good idea to test this and go through the steps of “tracking” your puppy now, even if he’s safe and sound with you. This will help familiarize you with the online interface, and will make it easier for you to use calmly in an emergency situation.
TIRE YOUR PUPPY OUT
Providing your puppy with a fun outing or trip to the park during the day is a great way to ensure that he will feel relaxed and calm by the evening of New Year’s Eve. Tiring him out with a long walk or rigorous game of fetch can also increase his chances of needing an evening nap, which could work out in your favor.
You may have to use a little extra caution during your walk with your puppy, however. Many people “test out” their fireworks earlier in the day on New Year’s Eve. You’ll want to avoid those streets and areas where the neighbors might be making a lot of noise.
CREATE A SAFE ROOM
Your puppy should already feel very safe in his crate. If you’ve been keeping up with the Petland Kansas City blog, then you know that your puppy’s crate is his safe den, and you’ve been crate training your furry friend accordingly. But for New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to make sure that the room where your puppy’s crate is located is also quiet, safe, and his own personal space.
You may have to move your puppy’s crate from its usual spot to ensure that the room it’s in is completely off-limits to party guests. Do not put your puppy’s crate in the coat room or any little room where your guests might slip away for privacy.
KEEP DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES OUT OF REACH
Many human foods are poisonous to dogs. These food items include chocolate, grapes, alcohol, avocados, Xylitol, onions, garlic, chives, macadamia nuts, coffee, and most candy. The best thing you can do is not leave any foods and snacks with these ingredients out where your puppy can reach them.
If you plan on having guests over for New Year’s Eve, then you’ll need to ask your guests to never leave their plates and cups unattended. Explain to them that your puppy cannot eat or even taste any of the human foods or else he’ll get very sick. Ideally, everyone at your home should be “on board” with keeping your puppy safe.
That concludes our safety tips to help keep your new puppy safe and sound this New Year’s Eve. From everyone at Petland Kansas City, we wish you, your family, and your puppy a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2023 with your new puppy!