Ease your dog’s anxiety with these helpful tips
By Brian Reynolds
It’s the beginning of July and that means, as per the wisdom of the The Simpsons, it’s time to “celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it.” That’s right, in the United States and Canada July signifies the time for a great summer tradition: fireworks. From little backyard parties of friends and family setting off their own displays to multi-million dollar giant spectacles impressing thousands of people, there’s no denying that fireworks are a blast (pun intended). But while people of all ages love fireworks, this bright and noisy celebration can be a stressful experience for our pets.
There are a few things you can do to make it possible for your pup feel more at ease:
1. Play relaxing music
This technique works better if you often play music in your household during a relaxing, firework-free evening. Using it on celebration night will make the evening feel normal to your pup plus can drown out some of the booming.
2. Distract them with treats
A long lasting one works best. Try a frozen kong with treats inside or a rawhide chew – something that they have to work at.
3. Create a small, safe space
You’ll notice your dog’s instinct is to go somewhere tight and enclosed like under the bed or behind the couch. Encourage them to do so and even put a blanket over their crate if they’re used to going into it.
4. Get lots of exercise
A tired dog is a more relaxed dog. Go for an extra long walk on the day when fireworks are expected.
5. Make sure your dog is wearing ID
It’s no surprise that animal shelters report an increase in lost pets the day after fireworks. If a dog gets overly frightened, its instinct could be to take off. In case the worst happens, it’s best to take precautions.
6. Use a Thundershirt or Anxiety Wrap
These two products are proven to work for most dogs by providing a gentle, constant pressure much like a hug.
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7. Use scent
There are a couple companies that make relaxing mists for dogs. We like Earth Heart for their variety of sprays made for different scenarios that might find your dog in a stressful state.
With the right exposure and preparation, you and your canine companion will be able to enjoy all the glory of summer together, including that age old tradition of making things go boom.