How to Calm Your Pet’s Anxiety of New Year’s Eve Traditions
Don’t start the New Year without your pet. Here’s how to celebrate New Year’s Eve traditions with your cool, calm, and collected pet.
Getting Dressed Up
If you have ever been to a New Year’s Eve party, you know how much people love to dress up in sparkly outfits, paper hats, and even year-themed glasses. Here’s our tip to you about dressing up your pet. If your pet doesn’t usually like outfits, don’t put one on him. Nothing changed from yesterday and it will immediately cause tension. Spending the night out on the town? Give your pet a comfortable environment, including a place to hide if they want. Covering their crate with blankets or setting up a bed on the corner of the couch will often suffice.
Watching the Ball Drop
It’s a New Year’s Eve tradition to watch the ball drop. While you may think it’s exciting, your pet may find the anticipation of you dropping his favorite squeaky ball too intense. Pets feed off your energy. If they see you getting antsy, they will get antsy. Keep a calm demeanor that will translate to your pet.
Of course, we know pets can’t have champagne. But it’s a tradition! Spending time with your pet is a great way to show them there’s nothing to be anxious about. And you can still have a celebratory (well, calm) toast with your pet. Serve up some Dog Perignon in a special plastic cup while you toast with some grown-up Perignon. Or if your pet is sensitive to adding things into their diet, you can fill their cup with water… we promise they won’t know the difference.
Once the Ball drops, it’s tradition to kiss that special someone for good luck. Who better to ring in the New Year with than your best friend, your partner in crime, your everything, your pet? Cuddling your pet can help calm their nerves (and yours) before that anticipated midnight kiss. Just don’t let them know you might also be kissing a special human.
This may be the hardest part of any holiday for your pet. They can’t comprehend that fireworks are supposed to be enjoyable. Instead, they probably think the world is coming to an end. To help your calm your pet’s firework anxiety, keep them busy. Give them a frozen Kong filled with treats. If possible, give them plenty of exercise during the day so they’re tired come midnight.