Did the New Year’s Eve fireworks disturb your dog? Does your dog display anxiety or fear when there are loud bangs and noises, whether it’s during NYE and Fourth of July or when the neighbors are playing loud music? Our four legged friends have more sensitive hearing and smell so they will naturally be surprised by sudden loud noises. Thankfully Canine Path’s services can address fear of fireworks in dogs through measures dog owners can take to make their fur babies feel more comfortable and safe during these occasions.
Convenient Ways to Decrease Your Dog’s Fear of Fireworks
When dogs react negatively to fireworks, it is because of fear and anxiety due to their more acute senses of hearing and smell, which don’t take too well to the loud booms and bangs that come with New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July celebrations. The same goes for the acrid smell that comes with fireworks.
But these disturbing sensations can be mitigated through simple steps including:
- Keep all of the windows closed and maybe let your dog stay in a room that has a bit more padding and sound dampening to lessen the effect of the booming and banging sounds.
- Deploy a crate with extra blankets in it to make your dog feel safe and secure.
- Let your dog grow gradually accustomed to loud sounds like those of fireworks and thunder. Play recordings of those sounds before your dog’s playtime, eating and bedtime. Over time, increase the loudness of the sound. Eventually, they will develop a more positive association with it or at least regard it as a neutral sensation.
- Mask the sound of fireworks with fans, TV or music, normal sounds in the house so your dog won’t notice the outside noises as much.
- Give your dog a comfortably snug shirt that will help them feel safer.
- If the previous steps do not work out, consider taking your dog out for a drive somewhere else where there’s less noise.
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