7 tips to prepare your dog for a fear free firework season
4 CommentsTuesday, 3 October 2017 | Kate
For phobic dogs and cats terrified of fireworks, thunderstorms and loud noises preparation is everything. A little forward planning can go a long way to reducing the anxiety and distress.
- Prepare. Leave yourself a few weeks to get ready so anything new you introduce to your pet’s environment is familiar when the noise begins. If you’re thinking of trying a Thundershirt, buy it now and get your dog used to it so they don’t associate the shirt with the noise.
- Similarly, create a safe haven, or den for your pet. A crate with the door open, with a couple of blankets underneath and one over the top to soundproof it against all the bangs and whistles is ideal. You could even treat yourself to a made to measure number from Lords and Labradors (see photo).
- Add water, favourite treats and toys. Now let your dog or cat investigate the crate in their own time, never force them in. Over the next couple of weeks they’ll come to know it as their safe place.
- Learn to recognise the symptoms of fear in your dogs and cats.
- is their tail tucked in
- are their ears flat to the head
- are they cowering behind the sofa
- or hiding in their ‘safe place’
- can you see them lip licking
- panting, or drooling
- or yawning excessively
- are they licking and biting themselves
- or being generally withdrawn
- Over a couple of weeks play the sound of fireworks (from a CD or download) quietly while your pet plays or eats to accustom them to the noise. Gradually increase the volume over time at a level they stay relaxed at. Once the fireworks start to pop your dog should be far more relaxed and familiar with the sounds.
- Update your dog or cat’s microchip details and make sure they’re wearing a collar with an up to date ID tag.
- Start giving them Dorwest Scullcap & Valerian tablets up to a month before Halloween, Bonfire Night or whichever event you’re preparing them for. The more phobic your pet the longer the lead up time should be.
Are You Ready?
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1 month to go
|Pets with sever phobias will benefit from being given Scullcap & Valerian on a daily basis, now. |
10 days to go
|Time to start giving Scullcap & Valerian tablets daily (split the dose between AM and PM) |
1 day to go
|If necessary double the dose of Scullcap & Valerian tablets (if you haven't started yet it isn't too late.) |
The Big Day
|Keep giving the Scullcap & Valerian tablets at the heigher rate with a dose being fiven before dusk. Ensure you have Dorwest Valerian Compound on hand to top up with if necessary. |
These are sure fire tips your pet is anxious and stressed. Follow the above tips ahead of the big night and read our 8 tips to reduce your dog's anxiety around fireworks and loud noises for a far less stressful event for us all.