Fireworks & Anxiety – What you can do to help your dog!

Each year we publish information about how you can help your dog during the 4th of July celebrations. Fireworks and celebrations often start days before the 4th of July. You need to be prepared to take care of your dog!  So many dogs are lost at time when fireworks are used for holiday celebrations…some are never found because they are so scared and fearful. Don’t let that be you! Enjoy this article link from I Love Dogs…

Easy Steps to Keep Your Pup Happy this Independence Day

The 4th of July is a stressful time for dogs. Even where fireworks are illegal, there always seems to be someone setting them off near home.

The loud bangs and heavy vibrations frighten our furry BFFs and it can be difficult to calm them down during the chaos.

Thankfully, there are some things we can do to help ease our pup’s anxiety.

1) Stay with Your Dog

If you can, plan to keep your dog with you throughout the evening. Dogs are pack animals and they naturally want to be with their families when they’re afraid, so leaving them alone can greatly worsen the situation. Even if your dog is crated, make sure you stay in the same room with them.

2) Provide A Shelter

Dogs naturally want to seek shelter from something that’s frightening them. If your dog is crate trained, make sure that they either have access to their crate at all times or are secured in their crate during the ruckus of the evening.

Otherwise, create a comfy space for your dog to “retreat” to. Provide your dog’s favorite toys, blankets or even some clothes that smell like you to help them feel more comfortable.

3) Try Natural Therapies

More and more owners are turning towards natural remedies when it comes to managing their dogs’ health. As with any natural treatment, you’ll want to consult your veterinarian to make sure the remedies you use are safe for your pup.

For dogs that have mild anxieties, natural therapies can work quite well. For example, Project Paws™ Advanced All-Natural Calming Chews for Dogs contain anxiety relieving valerian root, organic chamomile and organic passionflower.

4) Seek Expert Advice

In some cases, seeking the help of an expert is ideal. A professional dog trainer, your veterinarian, or a veterinary behaviorist can help you manage your dog’s anxiety, especially if they become destructive and endanger themselves.

Whatever route you decide to take, it’s important to remain your dog’s advocate and ensure that whatever you do to help ease your dog’s anxiety will keep them safe and comfortable.

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