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Is your dog frightened of Fireworks?

When ever a dog is frightened Remember its what you do not what you say that really counts. 

Complete your dogs world by understanding his natural language and answering naturally through out the year and not just when it goes really wrong.

10 Top Tips To Keep You Dog Safe During  Halloween, Bonfire Night & New Year Fireworks

  • DO …  Feed your dog on a raw food diet. This ensures that his brain and body are working perfectly and no inflammation that causes a foggy head for one.
  • DO … Let him hide in a safe place in a covered crate or behind the sofa.
  • Have the TV or radio on and curtains closed – reduces the lighting impact and sudden noises
  • Avoid trigger stacking your dog through the day so come evening your dog is in a better place to just be.
  • DO … Play find a toy and reward … if you can play then all must be well. If he’s too frightened then this is not going to be an option.
  • DO … Try a silent walk on a lead in the house if he’s panting and pacing, this will help get him to focus on you and off the noises. Reward as he looks at you with an upbeat voice. This is a game of being with me and all is well.
  • Do … For your anxious dog a calm hold, gentle massage, yawn and hum rather than stroke and chat to your dog so he can feel and smell your calm.
  • Do … Lay down and read or watch TV, you look and feel so relaxed and your dog will be able to feed of this far better than you staring and sitting bolt upright on alert.
  • DO … Take your dog outside before dark if he is terrified or nervous. The age-old practice of getting dogs to face their fears should be well and truly over.
  • DO  … stay with your dog and have calm music playing. If he gets in a state, he needs you.
  • DO … Use  calming herbs  in conjunction with a behavioural modification program well before the beginning of October.
  • Do … look out of the window and enjoy the spectacle. You enjoying the moment again will help your dog not to fear the noise and smell in time.
  • Do consider a comfort shirt, jumper or sleeve. I helps promote a secure feeling.
  • T- touch body wrapping.

Whether your dog is bothered by bonfire night depends on early experiences, his personality and trust in you. It is very important to remember when your dog freaks out on November 5th it is more important what you do and not what you say to convince your furry friend that all is well.

When we are scared, we often feel better if someone puts a reassuring arm around our shoulders or offers a few soothing words. Indeed dogs are not humans but its always good to remember how you would feel if you were frightened.

How do you know your dog is stressed

  1. Panting excessively
  2. Pacing the room
  3. Barking
  4. Shaking
  5. Hiding
  6. Leaning into you with force
  7. Jumping up
  8. Wide whale eyes
  9. Ears pinned back

 

How to help a stressed dog

DO… Be calm and place a calm palm on your dogs’ side if he comes for reassurance. If he leans into you thus giving you moral support, then lean back into him to offer the support he so desperately needs.Do not speak or look him in the eye, Why? Because; dogs to calm situations down, avert eye contact and they can’t speak. Be clear in your communication when it really matters.

It is worth considering that your dog’s fear of fireworks is only one behavioural issue and by tackling your relationship with your dog from grassroots up, to convince him, you are a safe person to be with making great decisions is the best way to move forward rather than just firefighting each individual problem.

Look to gaining your dogs trust during the year and addressing other fears and undesirable behaviours that  indicate stress.

Your dog needs to feel understood and safe with your decisions and this is why I talk so much about the “Five To Thrive” in my book “Why Does My Dog Do That?”

Complete your dogs world by understanding his natural language and answering naturally through out the year and not just when it goes really wrong.

 

Caroline Spencer www.puredoglisteners.com

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