8 tips to reduce your dog's anxiety around fireworks and loud noises
2 CommentsTuesday, 3 October 2017 | Kate
Most dogs and cats hate fireworks, thunderstorms and loud noises. They all come out of the blue to an animal. Following these simple tips will significantly reduce your pet’s anxiety until the perceived danger has passed.
If your dog or cat is particularly phobic you might want to prepare a few weeks or days ahead. Read our 7 tips to prepare your pet for a fear free firework season in advance first.
- Take your dog out for a long walk earlier in the daylight, long before the fireworks start.
- Feed them earlier in the day and save their favourite treats for the evening. Add Organic Valerian Compound to their food, or straight into the mouth for fast relief from anxiety and to relax them. If they’re happy in their Thundershirt put that on too.
- Give them happy activities to tire them out and distract them. Stuff their Kong with a favourite treat, or hide them in a snuffle rug.
- Shut all windows, doors, and pet flaps, keep the TV on, and play a radio in other rooms they like to visit to mask the sound.
- Allow them to retreat to a place they feel safe. If they have a crate put a blanket underneath and over the top to mask the sounds. Leave them water, treats and toys in there too.
- If it becomes too much take them for a drive away from the noise.
- Never punish your dog for her anxious behaviour. Give them a safe place to hide then praise them when they feel better.
- Act natural. Your pets feed off your own body language and anxiety. If lying on the sofa watching Netflix is your default position of an evening don’t deviate. That box set isn’t going to watch itself! And your dog will thank you for staying normal when the going gets tough.