Summer is coming and the July 14 fireworks with. It means a lot of fun, parties, camping, seaside, but also. fireworks. Although these can be so beautiful, many dogs and other animals are afraid of fireworks. Does it also affect your dog? He / she is certainly not alone! Various studies have shown that about 49% of all dogs show at least a signal of fear when they hear fireworks. A 2013 study found that about 25% of dogs are severely affected. Fortunately, there are many things you can do now to make New Year’s Eve more comfortable for your loyal friend.
Don’t punish your dog if he is anxious!
You can not reduce an emotion because of fear in punishing. Think of yourself and your own fears. If you’re scared because you can’t escape a giant spider or a swarm of wasps, will you be less frightened if I start yelling after you and slapping you? I don’t think so. This can only aggravate your dog’s fear reaction at that time. What he certainly won’t do is take away his fear. On the contrary.
Don’t ignore your dog
Unfortunately, this is still regularly recommended. The hypothesis is that when a dog is given attention when it is anxious, it actually rewards you for its “undesirable” behavior. If there’s one thing you remember from this blog, I want it to be this. You can’t reward fear. This is not how your dog’s brain works. When the dog is anxious, it goes into survival mode. When it is in survival mode, all the processes necessary for survival are active. Imagine your baby crying because he just got scared. A balloon exploded next to him or a very scary clown was standing next to him (I’m not afraid of clowns) I really hope your answer is NO. We recommend that you comfort your baby and ensure your safety, security and support. A “secure attachment” is extremely important for the social development of children, but also of dogs. If you ignore your dog when he needs you the most, the relationship between you and your dog will be broken. after even more. So what do you need to do? Support your dog by your presence. If your dog feels more comfortable putting his head on your shoe or knees, allow it. If your dog likes this, gently pet him. Do not comfort the dog too much and do not talk to him too naked, as this can make him more nervous. And that brings me to my next point.
Dogs are social animals and look for information in their environment among their family members. If you stay calm, your dog will copy some of it. If you are also nervous and tense, it can confirm to your dog that there is indeed something to fear.
Turn on the radio or TV at normal volume.
This is to reduce the contrast between the bangs and the surrounding noise. If everything is calm and a balloon suddenly bursts behind you, you will be shocked. If Metallica plays hard on the radio and that same balloon pops up behind you, it will have much less impact. Just make sure your dog has no problem with the music itself. Research has shown that talking radio, podcasts, or classical music can calm dogs in a kennel environment. Moreover, dogs are often individuals and develop their own preferences, dogs are known to have a better effect of reggae, salon or metal 😉.
Close windows, doors and curtains.
We want to exclude as much noise and light as possible. We also want to prevent the dog from escaping at all costs. Also make sure he wears his ID tags and is chipped in case he escapes. Also check the DogID chip database and your chip details are public so that you can own and contact them more quickly. Veterinarians, shelters and the police will always have access to your contact information
Plan evacuation routes into the home
As humans, we are often tempted to sit all around the dog when it is very scared. Or slip into his basket and hug him tightly. However, this limits the chances of the dog escaping and may worsen with fear. So make sure your dog always has the choice to move where he wants in the room. It also means that you don’t have to lock him in his cage.
Try to distract your dog by playing
If your dog is uncomfortable but not really anxious, he may sometimes be tempted by the game. If so, you can distract him by playing. It also ensures that a positive experience is linked to fireworks.
Rooms with windows are usually preferred.
Dogs often prefer the bathroom or cellar during fireworks. This is because there are generally small windows or no windows in these rooms. The larger the window, the more the sound waves can spread.
Do not leave your dog alone
If you know your dog is afraid of fireworks, don’t leave him alone! Many dogs do better if the owner is present. Also, your dog can do very crazy things in his panic. It can seriously injure or destroy objects in the house in an attempt to escape.
Do not take medicines with acrepromazine as the active ingredient!
Read dogs may need medical support, but what you gave yourself, I DO NOT give acépromazine.
I have many other tips to alleviate the fear of fireworks in your dog, but most of all I can teach you how to help your dog overcome that fear. By next year, you will be able to enjoy the New Year together or you will have the opportunity to celebrate the New Year elsewhere. How? With the help of my brand new online mini-course. You will go through it in about 2 hours and you will then be armed with all the knowledge you need to make a difference for your dog.