Thunderstorms and fireworks make our dog Tugga extremely anxious, so we have found some solutions that should help. It is natural for dogs to be afraid of loud noises. The sounds trigger their nervous systems, and they can become anxious or afraid. Running away from the noise is a survival instinct.
Remember, to your dog, the experience of fireworks is different than other natural loud noises. Fireworks are closer to the ground, more vibrant, and are accompanied by sudden booms, flashes and burning smells. Dogs experience the world through their senses — nose, eyes, ears.
- Create a place where your dog feels safe, such as a box or covered area that will dull the sound and making them feel safer.
- Shift your dog’s focus from the noises by creating a distraction, such as giving them a treat in a toy like the Rogz Gumz Treat Ball. This will give them a treat to make them feel good and something to take their mind off the noises.
- Play some calming music such as instrumental or classical. Studies have shown many dogs respond to music.
- You need to stay calm. Don’t add to your dog’s anxiety. Most dogs are highly sensitive to their owner’s energy. Make sure to also use a calm voice when communicating with your dog.
- Try the Ttouch method to calm your dog down
- Try out the Thundershirt. (coming soon to Dog’s Meow)
ThunderShirt’s patented design applies a gentle, constant pressure that has a dramatic calming effect for over 80% of dogs.
Most effective anxiety solution as voted by veterinarians
Already helping hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats across the country
Great for storms, separation, travel and many other anxieties
No need for training or medication
- Create your own thundershirt. You can do this by using any spare fabric you have or by using an old t-shirt.
- There are a few medications that you can use that will help keep them calm.
Calmeze (coming soon to Dogs Meow)
Tablets for dogs
Beef flavoured tablets that comes in a handy blister pack and is ideal for travelling.
Liquid for dogs
Caramel flavoured liquid which can be conveniently squeezed out onto food
Gel for cats
Salmon flavoured gel. Can be administered directly into the food or applied to the cat’s paw.
- Rescue remedy from any pharmacy in your area.
Whether you use one or all of the methods above they should help to keep your furry friend a little more comfortable during these tough times.