6 Sparkling Ways to Ring in the New Year With Your Dog

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Bid adieu to 2015 and toast 2016 with your best friend! Follow these tips for a safe, fun celebration with your dog.

Keep it Quiet

Fireworks and New Year’s Eve: The two go hand-in-hand, usually to the dismay of our poor furry friends. Find ways to keep the noise down at home. Consider turning on the TV or radio to provide some background noise. If your pet’s anxiety seems extreme, consult with your vet beforehand to decide on a stress-fighting solution.

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Contain Yourself

Scared pets can bolt, so keep them contained safely in the house. If party guests are coming and going, consider closing your cat in a safe, comfortable room or leashing your pup. Hang a sign on the door that instructs guests on your preferred opening and closing protocol (like, “Please come get me before you leave! I’d love to say goodbye and make sure Fifi doesn’t dash!”)

Dog-Friendly Treats and Mocktails

New Year’s celebrations need lots of tasty treats and cocktails. Don’t leave your pets out of the deliciousness. Whip up a batch of dog-friendly treats. They can be as simple as a cup of frozen Greek yogurt or a “mocktail” of a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled in your pet’s water.

Related: Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: New Year’s Resolutions

Craft Pet-Approved Party Hats

Whip up a festive hat (like these mini top hats) to bedazzle your dog. Take tons of social media worthy pics of your pets in cute party hats. Or, if your dog isn’t the hat-wearing type, a festive collar looks just as cute and can be more comfortable for some pets. Think sequins!

Make NY Resolutions for You and Your Dog to Do Together

Trying to get fit in 2016? Sign up for a new dog sport like agility for the two of you to get in shape together. Commit to a daily walk or a weekly adventure like testing out new hiking spots. You’ll be more likely to stick to your resolutions if your best bud is involved.

Kiss Your Pup at Midnight

As the clock strikes 12, give your pooch a smooch to ring in 2016. The New Year’s kissing tradition harkens back to superstitions about love. The midnight kiss can supposedly dictate whether you’ll have a lucky, love-filled year… or not. So, who better to smooch than your best friend, most loyal companion, and the guy or gal who loves you no matter what?

Maggie MartonMaggie Marton is the definition of “crazy dog lady” and an award-winning writer based in Bloomington, Indiana. Obsessed with dogs, she writes for numerous pet-related publications and is active in animal welfare. When she’s not reading about dogs, writing about dogs or walking dogs, she loves to hike and nap—both activities usually with her dogs. Maggie lives with her husband, John; Emmett, a pit mix; Lucas, a shepherd mix; Cooper, a pit mix; and Newt, the lone kitty (who, of course, runs the show). You can find her online at OhMyDogBlog.com.