| Posted 06/22/12 at 10:56 AM||Reply with quote #1 |
Reprinted with permission grom Revival Pet Supply
Keeping Pets Calm on July 4
After that first firecracker pop, there are many pets that run and hide - and we won't see them until after the Fourth of July. It can be a very upsetting time for animals who do not understand what is happening - they must feel like the country is being invaded! My 8-year-old dog would spend 4 days in our closet if we didn't take the right steps to deter her anxious response.
Here are some tips for keeping your pets calm during the explosive weekend:
- Keep them inside with music and stay calm around them. Yelling at them only reaffirms their thinking that bad things are happening.
- Deter their attention by giving them something they like. Find their favorite toy or distract them with a new one. This can keep them busy for hours and will get them through the booms and bangs that happen nightly.
- Using calming agents can also support your efforts. Doc Roy's Docile Dog is naturally formulated to calm the anxious dog, and Comfort Zone with DAP for dogs or Feliway for cats are also popular calming products. I double the dose for two days then give them the normal dose until July 6. These calming products help you avoid tranquilizing your pet, but they also help maintain your pet's normal behavior.
It may seem like extra work, but keeping your dogs calm is worth the effort. Many dogs that are scared of fireworks will eventually transfer that anxiety to thunderstorms as well. Keep the positive associations, and if your dog becomes scared of storms, you can treat them the same way as above.
Last year my dog did not like July 4th but with the above tips, she survived. After the loud bangs, she would look up with concern, but with my reassurance, she would go right back to getting the peanut butter out of her Kong toy. With a little planning, your dog will do the same.
Happy July 4th!
Linda Greeson Rice
AKC Breeder of Merit
The Mastiff Sweet Spot
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with excellent pedigrees to back them up. All breedings are carefully planned to produce
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| Posted 06/22/12 at 12:44 PM||Reply with quote #2 |
|Fortunately for me the neighbor behind us has a large field and does his own fireworks thing and the first year we were in the house the dogs were all puppies, except for Suzie Q.
I went out and sat on the deck and acted like everything was groovy and they were like ok well mom is cool with this so it should be good.
Now it is so funny to watch them because not only do we see the neighbors up close the county ones at the fairgrounds are visible from my property as well as soem out at one of the county parks. The boom goes off and then they all bob their heads up to the sky to see what happens next.
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| Posted 06/22/12 at 01:43 PM||Reply with quote #3 |
Every year, there is a huge, neighborhood sponsored fireworks show about a mile from me as the crow flies.
I've always taken the dogs to watch it. They never thought anything of it. I remember Dudley actually staring at the fireworks when he was a nipper.
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| Posted 06/22/12 at 06:25 PM||Reply with quote #4 |
|I take mine downstairs. We have a lower level family room. We turn on|
the t.v. and he's fine.