Published: 05:00, 31 December 2021
| Updated: 09:49, 06 January 2022
This year has been a year like no other, but with many ready to let off fireworks to welcome 2022, our furry friends might not be as excited.
The loud bangs and bright lights may bring your pet a lot of anxiety, so vet physio, Tilly Wild, has shared her top tips to keep them calm as 2021 comes to an end.
Don’t fuss over your dog if they’re scared
If you fuss and comfort your pet too much this confirms to them that there’s something to be afraid of.
This will encourage their anxious behaviour.
Put your dog somewhere they feel safe like a crate or pen
If you let your dog, or other pets, hide away in their own, undisturbed place it will help them remain calm.
Provide you dog with lots of toys and treats
By giving your animals lots of tasty treats and fun toys they may get distracted from the loud noises outside.
The yummy food and playtime may also help them associate the noises with something positive.
Set your dog up in the quietest space possible
Putting your pet somewhere quite, away from the fireworks and possible guests, will help them avoid becoming stressed.
To reduce loud noises you could also cover their cage or crate with something like a towel or blanket.
Set ground rules for any visitors
Make sure you explain to any visitors, young or old, that your dog may appear anxious due to the fireworks and that they need their own space.
This will keep everyone safe and avoid your dog becoming irritated or overwhelmed.
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