To calm your pet’s anxiety from fireworks, try these 10 tips:
- Create a safe space for your dog. This could be a crate, a room, or even just a corner of the house where your dog feels safe and secure. Make sure the space is quiet and dark, and provide your dog with a comfortable bed or blanket.
- Play calming music or sounds. White noise, classical music, or even a fan can help to mask the sound of fireworks and make your dog feel more relaxed.
- Give your dog a distraction. This could be a favorite toy, a lick mat, or even a frozen Kong filled with peanut butter.
- Try a natural calming supplement. Our Dr Verwers Calming Supplement can be added to your dog’s food to help calm stress.
- Talk to your dog in a calm voice. Your dog will be able to sense your anxiety, so it’s important to stay calm and reassuring. Let your dog know that everything is okay and that you’re there to protect them.
- Take your dog on a long walk or play hard before the fireworks start. This will help tire them out and make them more relaxed.
- Avoid punishing them or getting frustrated with them. Sometimes your pet’s anxiety can manifest in acting out and destructive behavior. Try to remain calm so they don’t associate the fireworks with punishment.
- Try a compression shirt. These Velcro fastened fabric garments fit tightly around your dog’s chest and torso. Not unlike a baby swaddle or hug, they soothe by gently constricting the midsection.
- Stick by their side. If you have to go out, leave your dog with a trusted friend or neighbor so they won’t be alone.
- If your dog is severely stressed … you may want to consider medication. Talk to your veterinarian about what options are available for your dog.
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