Here are my four tips on how to keep your dog calm this fireworks season.
Bonfire night and new year’s eve are just around the corner which can be a particularly stressful season for dogs everywhere.
Many dogs are scared of fireworks. Those unexpected loud bangs and wheezing sounds tell them that something terrible is happening and their fearful response is only them acting on instinct.
Switch your own mindset.
Before we get to the tips I want you to first start by switching your own mindset around. Instead of approaching this as a stress limiting exercise and worrying that your dog will be upset and scared, I want you to think of this as a special night in with your dog/dogs whom you love.
There’s nothing better than to see your dog relaxed, especially during firework season. So here are my 4 tips on how you can help your dog deal with stressful situations like fireworks, create a safe zone at home and keep your dog calm.
1/ Keep the noise and flashing lights away.
You need to try and keep the noise and flashing lights of fireworks as far away as possible from where your dog is sleeping or resting. Do this by simply making sure all windows, vents, and doors are kept closed but also close the curtains as soon as the time starts to approach. If you have blinds and curtains close them all. Every layer of noise insulation helps.
2/ Reduce the noise.
So now that we’ve done what we can to reduce the noise coming into our home. Next, we want to try and disguise any bangs, whistles from fireworks. Do this by putting the television or radio on. Or anything that’s going to make the impact of a loud unexpected noise less obvious. This could mean having the volume a little higher than you usually would.
3/ Distract your dog.
Again on the distracting path, play games with your dog or give him some toys. Perhaps have a new one ready to go when the time comes?
4/ Aromatherapy can help to keep your dog calm.
There are products on the market that you can buy to help calm your dog. But many of these contain chemicals while others aren’t really effective. As a Vita Canis subscriber and supporter, you’re aware of how aromatherapy can help you as well as your dog. Natural aromatherapy helps to calm and balance the nervous system and restores peace.
Over the years, two products have proven to be very helpful when it comes to the fear of fireworks. Calming Floral Spray and Comfort Blend both have natural calming and balancing qualities providing ultimate relaxation for stressed dogs.
Calming Floral Spray can be gently sprayed around your dog’s head. In the case of anxiety, you can put a few drops of Comfort Blend on your dog’s chest or her/his bed. Olfactory or sensory cells in the nasal passages are directly connected to the brain. This connection between the nose and brain enables essential oils to work really quickly and effectively.
These products can also be used to help with motion sickness. And adjusting to new environments or visits to vets and dog groomers. Any time that your dog might need some calming stress reduction.
Try new approach and keep calm.
I hope you’ve found these tips useful and that you’re feeling less stressed about the approaching firework season. Even if you’ve heard about them before sometimes taking a new approach in how you execute them might make all the difference.