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Tips for relaxed holidays

At Christmas, the holidays and New Year’s Eve, hectic and hustle and bustle is not uncommon. Some dogs really crank it up and get infected by the stress. You should follow these 7 tips for relaxing holidays with your dog.

1. Emergency numbers ready?

The dog is kicking a broken Christmas ball or has thoroughly upset its stomach: It doesn’t have to be anything big, but you will feel better if you have the phone numbers and addresses of the veterinarian on duty, the nearest animal clinic with permanent service, the local animal welfare association and animal shelter, des Animal taxis and – if there are one in your region – animal rescue saved on the mobile phone or on the pin board.

2. Small inventory

It’s only a few days in a row that the shops are closed. Nevertheless, it is good to get an overview of the stocks of necessary medication (note the expiry date), food and delicacies, chewing bones, toys and treats.

3. Preparations for New Year’s Eve

Prepare meticulously for the worst day of the year for some dogs, New Year’s Eve. The ceiling / basket / box are in the familiar corner, the shutters are down, the windows are closed. To do this, when the spectacle begins, turn on the radio or television, loudly and, if possible, with uninterrupted music.

You yourself stand merrily in the room and throw around sausages, pieces of cheese or other delicacies. Do not stick to the dog, but let him look for his treats. He should be distracted. This works if you start on time and don’t wait for it to start shaking.

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New Year’s Eve is the worst day of the year for many dogs. ©

4. Create quiet areas

Even a quiet Christmas and a New Year’s Eve party in a small group bring unrest into dog life and unsettle them. The animals miss the everyday rituals that we are sometimes not even aware of. A place of retreat – a blanket, an open transport basket, a cuddly basket next to the human bed – calms you down and provides security. Not at the last minute, however. Make this designated space “dear” and let the dog enjoy its chewing bones there or find undisturbed sleep.

5. Leash must be kept outside

Even the most stoic dog can lose its nerve if a firecracker explodes or a missile lands next to it. Search reports on dogs increase, especially on New Year’s Eve and New Year, because you can expect noisy surprises during the day too. On these two days there should be an absolute leash. You can run around again next year.

Better on a leash around the turn of the year. ©

6. Gentle tranquilizers

You can prevent the New Year’s panic with homeopathic globules, rescue drops (Bach flowers) and pheromone sprays. Globules and rescue drops are available from the pharmacy (use the alcohol-free version), the pheromone spray is available from the vet. In a gentle dose, it sprays an odor that is also given off by the mother dog, and puts the dog’s soul a bit in the puppy state, when the mother provided protection and security. But even these gentle lucky charms do not help ad hoc. The effect only sets in after about 14 days. So start early.

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If you want to resort to chemical calming, you and the veterinarian must try the chosen remedy beforehand, because the effects vary from person to person and in the worst case can be reversed. Under no circumstances should you – without consulting your veterinarian – use medication for humans, not even herbal supplements.

7. Solid as a rock

If all else fails, if your dog trembles with fear and wants to crawl, it can. With you. They do not comfort him or appease him. But you are there, hold him in your arms, curl up next to him, let him get into bed with you and lie next to you. You are giving him what he needs most: the security that nothing can happen to him because he is with you and you are always protecting him.

You yourself have to exude calm (no pity), smile or laugh, tell him a nice story. If he continues to shiver, do not respond, but continue to offer him your protection. It’s exhausting, but every spook is over. Then normality returns to the dog’s soul.

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