What If Your Dog Is Afraid Of Storms And Fireworks?

  • 26/02/2020
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Many people and animals dislike the sounds of fireworks or thunderstorms and your dog is probably no exception. The question “What to do in this case?” is one of controversial debate topics. When pets experience these types of sounds, many will respond by showing symptoms of fear and anxiety including excessive panting, drooling, whining, or barking; some may even have housetraining accidents or become destructive. It’s very important that you address these possibilities ahead of time as well as having plans in place to help your pet during these times of high stress.

Crating and Safe Places

If your dog has grown up becoming used to a crate, and considers this a safe location, then having this safe space available for them to retreat to can help provide your pet with a sense of calm and relaxation during these times of stress.

If your pet has not grown up with crate, they probably have adopted a location within your house, such as a closet or under a bed, as a type of sanctuary or relaxation spot. Be sure to identify this area as soon as possible and make sure it is available to your pet when needed.

Look Over There! Distractions Can Help

Distracting your pet can help reduce their stress and anxiety during times of loud noises as well. There are many ways to do this and you will need to experiment to find out which ones work best for your particular pet. Chances are you will likely need to employ a combination of methods so keep this in mind and prepare for it ahead of time. Methods of distraction include having their favorite toys or treats available; playing the television, music or white noise to help drown out the frightening sounds; and increasing the amount of attention and interaction you have with them such as massaging or petting in order to calm them down.

Prior Planning – Desensitization

Desensitization can be an effective method of helping your pet overcome their fears of loud noises. This method requires some time and preparation, but when accomplished correctly it can provide a permanent solution. This method involves listening to recordings of scary noises while you or a family member play with your pet and using positive stimuli like treats or affection. Begin this method by playing the sounds at a low level, and then gradually increase the volume over time until they no longer affect your pet.

Other Options

There are also many commercial products available that can help your pet alleviate their fears of loud noises, though you might want to consider these as a last resort. The commercial products available range from electromagnetic devices, pressure wraps, earmuffs, calming caps, and dietary supplements such as melatonin. Before you decide to use any commercial product, always be sure to discuss it with your veterinarian.

Remember, your dog is a member of your family and they have anxieties and fears just as other family members do. Working with your pet to alleviate their stress from fireworks and storms will be a beneficial situation for everyone.

Author’s bio: Hannah Butler is a dog owner who is passionate about proper dog care providing. In this case, she likes sharing her experience with others in the form of comparison and contrast essay. Moreover, Hannah is interested in communicating with other dog owners to obtain new knowledge.

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