New Year's Eve is such a fun time for a lot of people. They love to go out, watch the fireworks, and have a great time with all of their friends. For many dog owner’s, their dogs are their best friends, so they take their dog along to holiday festivities without hesitation, including to watch fireworks on New Year's Eve.
This is a bad idea.
Here’s why you should avoid fireworks with your dogs on the holidays, and some options for you if you intelligently choose to enjoy the fireworks without them:
1. Fireworks Are Incredibly Stressful For Dogs
On July 4th and New Year’s Eve, humans see fireworks and understand the context of these explosions. So, the stress response in the average person, has been desensitized and our brains do not sense the need to shift into survival mode. Some people may be more sensitive to the sound, but most of the time, barring extreme or traumatic circumstances in certain individuals, they still understand that fireworks do not present an immediate danger.
Dogs do not understand the context of human holidays or fireworks - they just see and hear big explosions in the sky and fear the worst.