Summer is coming and July 14 fireworks with it. It means lots of fun, parties, camping, the beach, but also…. fireworks. Although it can be very cute, many dogs and other animals are afraid of fireworks. Does it also affect your dog? He is never alone! Various studies have shown approximately 49% of all dogs show at least one signal of fear when they hear fireworks. A 2013 study showed that approximately 25% of dogs were severely affected. Luckily, there are many things you can do today to make New Year’s Eve more comfortable for your loyal friend.
Don’t punish your dog if he’s worried!
You can’t reduce an emotion like fear by punishing it. Think about yourself and your own fears. If you’re scared because you can’t escape a giant spider or a swarm of spiders, won’t you be scared if I start yelling at you and slapping you? I don’t think so… Plus, you break the bond of trust and add bad arousal to a bad situation. This will only exacerbate your dog’s fear response at that time. What he won’t do is take away his fear. On the contrary.
Don’t ignore your dog
Unfortunately, it is always recommended. The assumption is that if you pay attention to a dog when he is worried, you are rewarding him for his “unwanted” behavior. If there’s one thing you’ve taken from this blog, I like it. You will NOT reciprocate the fear. This is not how your dog’s brain works. If your dog is worried, he will go into survival mode. When in survival mode, all the processes necessary to survive are activated. So your dog isn’t really busy with “oh, if I’m really worried, I get a lot of attention. Imagine your child is crying because he’s scared. A balloon explodes next to him or a very scared clown is standing by his side (I’m not afraid of clowns) I really hope your answer is NO. You will comfort your child and provide security, safety and support. “Secure attachment” is very important for the social development of children but also for If you ignore your dog when he needs you, the relationship between you and your dog will be ruined.And since he is not used to this behavior (ignoring you) (I assume), he will start chasing you. so what do you do? Support your dog in your presence.If your dog feels more comfortable placing his head on your shoe or lap, allow it.If your dog likes it, take care of it gently. make the dog very happy or talk very well, because it would make him nervous. And that brings me to my next point.
Dogs are social animals and seek information about their surroundings among their family members. If you stay calm, your dog will copy it. If you are also nervous and tense, this can prove to your dog that there is something really worth worrying about.
Turn on the radio or television at normal volume.
This is to reduce the difference between the bangs and the noise around. If everything is calm and suddenly a balloon explodes behind you, you are shocked. If Metallica plays radio loudness and the same balloon comes out behind you, it has little effect. Just make sure your dog has no problem with the music itself. Research has shown that talk radio, podcasts, or classical music can calm dogs in a kennel environment. But dogs are individuals and develop their own preferences, dogs are known to have a better effect in reggae, lounge or even 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 no matter what the cost. Also, make sure he has his ID tags and will be chipped if he escapes. Also check the DogID chip database if your chip details are public, so that you, the owner, can be more easily found and contacted. Veterinarians, shelters and police always have access to your contact details
Plan escape routes home
As humans, we are always tempted to sit around the dog when he is too scared. Or put it in his basket and hug him tightly. However, this limits the dog’s ability to escape and exacerbates fear. So make sure your dog always has the option to move where he wants in the room. It also means you can’t lock him in his cage.
Try to distract your dog by playing
If your dog is uncomfortable but not very anxious, he will sometimes indulge in play.If so, you can distract him by playing. It also ensures that a positive experience is associated with fireworks.
Rooms with few windows are usually preferred.
Dogs prefer the bathroom or basement during fireworks. This is because these rooms usually have small windows or no windows. The larger the window, the more the sound waves spread.
Don’t neglect your dog
If you know your dog is scared of fireworks, don’t let him down! Many dogs can do this better if the owner is present. Also, your dog can do some crazy things in his panic. He can severely damage himself or damage things in the house while trying to escape.
Do not give medications where acepromazine is the active ingredient!
Some dogs may need medical support, but whatever you give, DO NOT give acepromazine.
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