Fireworks season can be a time of anxiety for our pets. Without understanding these noises, animals become scared, frantic, and can even run away if not kept safely indoors. According to national statistics, Animal Control Services see a 30% increase in lost pets around the summer fireworks season, so it is vitally important to ensure your dog feels safe and secure during fireworks. So what does stress look like in our four-legged friends? Here are just some of the signs that your dog could be stressed, although different dogs will present anxiety in different ways.
- Pinned Ears
- Low tail carriage
- Excessive vocalization
- Restlessness or Pacing
- Refusal of food
- Scratching and over-grooming
And here’s how you can reduce your dog’s anxiety during firework season
- Keep your dog inside with all doors and windows closed
- Avoid leaving your dog alone when firework displays are going off outside
- Set up a ‘safe’ area: a bed or crate with familiar smells, sounds, and toys
- Take your dog on a long walk during the day so they are more inclined to rest during the evening
- Put the television on or play music to create a distraction
- Use a natural calmer such as Pet Remedy to reduce anxiety and stress
Stay calm yourself! Act normally and do NOT give lots of praise. Only praise your dog slightly during calm behavior. This should become a ‘normal’ event in your dog’s life. Loud noises are an everyday occurance. Praising at the wrong time will reward the bad behavior as much as the good behavior…better to not overdo it.