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Is your dog still frightened by fireworks or thunderstorms?

Even if your dog(s) has finished the therapy, following these guidelines may be good, especially closing off visibility to fireworks if you have only worked on the sounds.

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Fireworks and thunderstorms are events known to be especially frightening to many dogs.

Is there a loud and scary event nearing?

If your dog hasn’t finished the noise therapy, or maybe it hasn’t started, then this can be a terrifying event.

Doing some or all of these precautions may be advisble, even if noise therapy has been finished.

It isn’t entirely clear what it is about thunderstorms that makes some dogs anxious. Some think it is a mixture of the sounds, air pressure and static energy that builds up in the air just before the thundering starts.

With fireworks, dog’s don’t understand what is going on. They probably don’t link them with fun or people. Their fear may come from the loudness of the sound, which is uncomfortable to their sensitive ears. Also the smell of burning powder. That may awaken built-in memories of the specie of bush- and forest fires.

Below is the short list of scary event recommendations

Below that is a complete list of 28 recommendations.

Scary Event – the short list:

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What is the best thing to do to protect your dog during fireworks, thunderstorms or other scary events?

  1. Keep your dog indoors during the event in a place where he feels safe and comfortable, and the furthest away from outside noise and visibility. A new bone and favorite toys are good.
  2. Be close if necessary. Don‘t lock him up. Playing some rythmic music can be a good idea, to mask outside noise. Talk in a relaxed voice, play with him if necessary, and don‘t feel sorry for him. Dont scold him for being fearful. The threat is potentially real for him.
  3. Make sure he cannot get out during the event. If taking him outside is necessary, have him on a leash, tagged and microchipped.
  4. Before the event, give him a heavy, starchy carbo-hydrates rich meal (with potatoes, pasta or rice for instance) and take him for a long walk and to the toilet before the event, to make him tired and drowsy.
  5. Using DAP (dog appeasing pheromones, tranquilizer could be advisable. Talk to your vet if you feel that may be the right thing.
  6. These are short-term recommendations. In the long term, the best action is preventive action, so that your dog will not be frightened at all. Please consider doing sound/noise therapy for your dog.

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When a scary event comes:

The complete 28 recommendations

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The most comprehensive list we have seen anywhere…

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1. Keep your dog at home

Keep your dog at home, and indoors if possible, during the event. Make sure he or she cannot escape during the event. That goes for open doors. Closing doors and windows will muffle the sound. If your dog is a large one, that means keeping him or her away from large glass windows, as it has happened that large dogs, crazy from fear, have jumped through such windows, smashing the glass in the process.

2. Create a safe place

Some days before the event, create a safe escape place for your dog, where he or she can retreat to at will.

3. Make him accustomed

Let your dog get to know the escape place some days before the event, and to feel comfortable there.

 

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4. A comfortable mattress and favorite things

Have a comfortable mattress or blanket for the dog to lie on, and perhaps an item of clothing with your odor. Also, some favorite toy or toys, and a favorite chew.

5. DAP (dog appeasing pheromones)?

You might talk to your veterinary some days before about using a dog appeasing pheromone, or DAP, in the room prior to the event. The pheromones in their natural settings are emitted by the female dog when her puppies are sucking milk from her teats, and the pheromone gives the dog a feeling of security and comfort. These come in spray format, as a diffuser that is plugged into an electric socket, and as a collar worn around the neck.

6. Flower remedies?

Some people say they have had good success with flower remedies, or natural flower essences, such as the Bach remedy. You may consider using that alone, or with the DAP.

7. Tranquilizers? Talk to your vet

It may be advisable to give your dog tranquilizers, but only if your veterinarian has prescribed that. You can possibly discuss that with your vet before the event, if you think that makes sense given your dog’s personality.

8. The difference between tranquilizers or anxiolytics

Ask your veterinarian about the difference between a tranquilizer, which causes the dog‘s behaviour to calm down, and anxiety medications – anxiolytics – which directly lower anxiety. Some have said that tranquilizers are not a good idea for dogs during stressful events, because they dull the dog‘s behaviour, but between the benumbed front the dog may be as afraid as before, only this time unable to express his anxiety because of the effects of the tranquilizer.

 

 

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9. Allow him to find his own place

Despite all this, dogs sometimes go and find their own safe places, sometimes in unexpected places. If that happens, just let your dog have things as he or she feels most comfortable.

10. Go for an extra long walk

In the afternoon when evening is coming, before the stressful event, take your dog on an extra long walk and make sure he or she goes to the toilet. The walk will make your dog well exerted.

11. Give him a heavy meal

After the walk at mealtime, feed your dog an extra large portion of food, with a good share of starchy carbohydrates in the form of potatoes, white pasta or rice. This will make the dog drowsy and tired.

12. Away from windows and doors to the outside

The escape place should be the furthest  possible away from windows, doors and sounds coming from the outside. Cover windows and close them, if there are windows in the room. Close windows and cover up the sound that will come from the outside as much as possible, as a dog’s hearing is very sensitive.

13. Keep the smoke out

Make sure doors and windows are closed, so that air from the outside cannot get into the house. The smelly smoke from burning fireworks can increase the stress for dogs. Perhaps fear of smoke is built-in, reminding them of forest and grass fires in nature which animals are automatially afraid of, and try to get away from. Inside the house, the dog is stuck and cannot flee anywhere, which adds to the distress.

14. Play rythmical music to mask noises

During the event, play the radio or some rhythmical and comfortable music during the noisy event, at a normal sound volume (not excessively high). Piano music has worked well for many. A TV may also work well. However, maybe you shouldn’t play the radio or TV if there will be any sort of explosions in the programs. The music is supposed to mask out the noise coming from the scary event. If your dog seems to dislike the music, choose some other music or turn it off.

 

 

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15. A new bone to gnaw

A new bone to gnaw would probably be well received.

16. Don’t leave alone in a closed off space

Don’t leave your dog alone in a closed space, in such a way that the door to the escape place is locked from other parts of the house (except where the outside door is). Allow your dog to move freely to and from at will, if that is possible.

17. Stay close

If your dog is restless and uncomfortable when the event has started, you should stay close to calm him and be there for him. You might play a bit with your dog to distract him from the noises coming from the outside. If your dog is not interested in playing, then don’t force him.

18. Be relaxed

Talk to your dog in a relaxed tone, like you do when things are just fine. Also, you may offer some tasty treats now and then to lighten the atmosphere.

19. Keep your dog away from danger

If your dog gets agitated, make sure there is no access to things that might get dangerous, such as an open fire, lights or candles, a large glass door, and such. It is your responsibility to take care of your dog’s safety, for if he or she gets upset, the ability to take care of that is often lost. Referring to the previous point in (as in #14) on allowing your dog to move freely, if your dog is of a large breed, and he may get close to something that he may damage or something that may hurt him or others, keep him in a closed space but at the same stay with him during the event (as in item #15). Again, don’t lock him up and leave him alone.

20. Don’t show you are sorry

Don’t feel openly sorry for your dog, like talking in a distinctively sorry voice while cuddling him or her, if he or she shows signs of fear. He will think that your are worried about this situation too, and that will make matters worse. Just stay balanced and caring. Simply be there, and act as if nothing particularly special or worrying is going on. This is extremely important.

 

 

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21. Do not scold

Do not scold your dog for being fearful. That will only make matters worse.

22. More than one dog? Dog’s affect each other

If you have more than one dog, consider the age and stage they are at. An older dog, frightened by fireworks or thunder, will make a puppy or young dog more frightened too. The frightened dog may „infect“ the younger one with fear. So you need to take extra care tending to them. However, an older and experienced dog, who is just relaxed and not afraid of noises and other stimuli from fireworks, thunder or other often distressing phenomena, will help the other dog to calm down.

23. If taken outside, keep securely on a leash

If you have to take your dog out, make sure he or she is securely on a leash, or in a carrier. Otherwise, it may run away and you may lose it. If you have a big and powerful dog, try to avoid taking him out altogether.

24. A collar with identification tag, and a micro chip

Make sure in time that your dog has a collar with an identification tag well attached, has been micro chipped or with an identification number tattooed. Technology has recently been introducing small electronic devices that are attached to the collar, with GPS and cell phone technology which makes it much easier to track down a lost dog. This is very interesting and something that dog owners should keep their eye on.

 

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25. Beware of burned fireworks on the ground

After a fireworks event, if the public has been lighting fireworks for instance in the streets, make sure your dog will not get close to burned firecrackers and other types of fireworks lying on the ground, so that he can grab them in his mouth. They contain ash and chemicals that are highly toxic and dangerous.

26. Thundershirt

Putting your dog in a thundershirt may calm him or her down. Although it isn’t entirely known, the building of static electricity in the air that accompanies thunderstorms may affect their fur and be a part of the reason why dogs feel uncomfortable. A thundershirt may keep this at bay.

27. If your dog stays in disstress, talk to your vet

If you feel that it takes too long for your dog to recuperate to normal, some days after the event, then you should talk to your veterinarian.

28. Organize your actions well in time

Unfortunately, it often happens that enthusiastic people set off fireworks some days before the main event. You might consider setting up the safe escape place sufficiently long before the main event. That would hopefully provide refuge, although these fireworks are random in nature.

These 28 points are probably the most complete advice given for dogs or other types of pets because of a noisy event on the world wide web. Other lists of advice we have seen are not this comprehensive.

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