New Year’s Eve is the one holiday that everyone celebrates this time of year. Many ring in the New Year with friends, families and parties. Although the holiday may be fun for humans, we need to take precautions to make sure our canine companions stay safe.
- Traditional foods like sauerkraut, sausage and lentils, and pork roast are NOT good for your pet. Keep all food out of reach from your pooch. The temptation can be too much when snacks are in reach and they smell so good. Be sure to feed your dog before company arrives to ensure that he eats the right foods.
- Alcohol is not good for pets, so keep your champagne, wine and beer out of reach. Dogs do not absorb alcohol the same way people do. It is very toxic to them, so leave the libations to you and your people friends.
- While masquerade and costume parties may be fun for humans, dogs may get spooked. If your costume has a mask, keep the mask off when you are with your dog because dogs can become confused when they can’t see our faces. Everybody loves decorations, but make sure they are not choking hazards for the dog or that they are up on high with the food.
- While some dogs might enjoy being dressed up and the extra attention it brings, many don’t. Experiment first to see if your dog likes wearing the traditional NYE party hat. If he shows any resistance, don’t do it.
- Having friends over can be fun for your pets too, but sometimes it is a little overwhelming. New year’s Eve celebrations can also bring fireworks. Make sure your dog has a safe place to go if he wants to get away.
- Ensure ID tags are on and readable. With people coming and going during parties, your dog or other pets may get out. Make sure they get home safe with proper ID tags and microchips.
Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery county and northern Chester County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit www.barkbusters.com.
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