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Wagging into 2024: Paw-sitive Ideas for a Dog-Centric New Year's Eve

The new year is almost here, which means celebration and fun for New Year’s Eve. But for dog owners, it may feel difficult to find a way to include your companion in the fun. Here’s how to make New Year’s Eve enjoyable for your dog and some tips on how to make the celebration safe and stress-free.

Creating the Perfect New Years Eve Party for Your Dog

One way to make the new year enjoyable for you and your dog is by throwing a dog-friendly New Year’s Eve party. This way, both of you can enjoy the night as 2023 ends and 2024 begins. Here’s how to create the perfect New Year's Eve party for your dog.

1. Invite Their Furry Friends

One of the best ways to make your dog feel included is by inviting their favorite play pals. This will give them company outside of you and your guests to play with.

Remember that while it may be tempting to plan a large party, keeping it small will be best. New Year's Eve is a massive celebration, and too much foot traffic can be stressful for dogs. A small gathering will help keep the stress down.

2. Make Dog-Friendly Treats

There are two things dogs enjoy more than anything: toys and treats. To truly make the celebration one to remember, try out some fresh and dog-friendly treat recipes that you can make at home.

This will show your love and appreciation and build a closer bond between you and your dog.

3. Make Your Home into Toy Land

Dogs love toys, and they’re an easy way to keep them entertained throughout the night. Make sure your dog has plenty of options and different toys to choose from. Consider:

  • Puzzles
  • Balls
  • Tug-of-war ropes
  • Chew toys

Remember, you’re entering the new year with your companion. So make sure they’re able to enjoy themselves, too.

Ringing in a Safe and Stress-Free New Year

While there are many ways to incorporate your dog into the New Year festivities, it’s important to remember that safety and comfortability always come first. You want your dog to have fun but not feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips to remember when planning your new year with your dog.

1. Mind the Volume

While it’s tradition to blast music and fill the night with sound, your dog’s ears are too sensitive for all the ruckus. Loud noises can also induce stress and overstimulation, so be sure to keep an eye on your dog’s behavior and mood.

2. Use Dog-Friendly Decor

When it comes to decorating, keep in mind that anything can become a chew if it looks interesting enough. That means your decor should be dog-friendly.

Items that can be potentially harmful include:

  • Streamers
  • Tinsel
  • String lights
  • Toxic holiday plants (poinsettias, mistletoe, etc)
  • Candles

Instead, consider getting festive with items like:

  • Banners
  • Fake trees
  • LED light strips

Also, ensure that other breakable and poisonous items like chocolate and glass are out of reach.

3. Offer Safety and Quiet

Even the most dog-friendly party can be tiring for your furry friend. So it’s important to include a space that they can escape to.

The spot should be separated from the noise and excitement of the celebration so they can recharge and de-stress. This will help them find comfort and safety in a new and loud environment.

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