Have you considered your hound on New Years Eve?

Many dogs and other animals are frightened by the sounds of fireworks and can be distressed by crowds and parties. Follow these tips to help keep your furry friends safe;

  • Ensure that your pets have a safe place to retreat away from noise and crowds, particularly unfamiliar people who may be acting rowdy.
  • Before the festivities, take your dog for a long walk (weather permitting) so that they have used up some excess energy and are able to relax.
  • A scared animal may go to great lengths to escape a perceived threat; jumping fences, breaking free from tethers, and smashing through windows are just some of the lengths that a terrified pet could go to.
  • Double check that your dog has a sturdy collar that isn’t going to come off easily, and that your contact details are clear on the tags. Also, make sure that microchip details are up to date.
  • If you’re hosting or attending a party, keep a very close eye on your pet or keep them separated from party goers. You don’t want your dog to ingest something that she shouldn’t, and we all know that people can be silly under the influence.
  • If your dog does become nervous, sit with them and speak calmly. Generally, dogs don’t mind the topic of conversation, but a calm and soothing familiar voice can work wonders to relax them. Treats may also be appreciated.
  • A normally placid dog can behave unpredictably under stress and this can include destructive and defensive behaviours. Forward thinking and planning can help prevent any problems.
  • Watch out for signs of distress such as heavy panting/drooling, freezing, growling, pacing, excessive licking and avoidance. These signs show that a situation is simply too much for your dog and you should remove him to a safe and calm place.

Our dogs look to us for guidance and rely on us to keep them safe from harm, it is up to you to ensure that your pooch has a happy NYE.

From all the doggies and volunteers here at Greyhound Rescue, we wish you and your loved ones, both two-legged and four, a fabulous 2018!

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