Fireworks – Signs of Noise Fear

dog-anxiety-july-4th-fireworksWith November fast approaching and fireworks already in the shops it is time to think about your dog and a very common problem which is a fear of load noises

In case you are not sure if your dog has a fear of loud noises below is a list Noise Fear signs

  • Refusing to eat
  • Trying to Run Away
  • Soiling in the house
  • Pacing and Panting
  • Excessive Barking
  • Trembling
  • Covering and Hiding behind furniture

Below are some Hints and Tips to help get through the Firework Season

 

  1.  Before November try something like Scallcap and Valerian tablets from Dorwest as they will help calm him
  2.  Try  and avoid going out after dark when the fireworks will be around.
  3. When out for walks ensure your pets collar is tight enough (but not too tight) to prevent him from slipping out if he/she is startled by load noises/fireworks
  4. If your dog does bolt for any reason then he/she is likely to be hiding in the local area.  If this is unsuccessful then notify the local vets, pet shops, dog warden etc.  Consider have your dog chipped *which will be the law in 2016) so that he can be returned quickly and safely
  5. Close windows and curtains.  Play some music to  to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.  Leave a light on which will help dampen the fireworks flashing lights.
  6. Act normal – seeing you act normally and not show any signs of fear will help your dog feel more settled
  7. Avoid leaving him on his own
  8. Never punish or fuss over your pet when it’s scared as this will only make things worse in the long run

Before the Firework Season

Before the firework season starts why not build a den or some other place they can feel safe (Missy has a den under my desk).  The den should be covered to help block out the light and sound of the fireworks and in a quite place of the house

The Den can be made out of almost anything such as an old cardboax covered with a blanket or two and a nice blanket inside.  As frightened dogs tend to pant more make sure that plenty of water is available./