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Thursday, November 1, 2012


From Mel Hood VAWZ
A fear of fireworks is a fairly common phobia for dogs – they often find the loud, unpredictable noise and bright displays of light truly frightening. Remember a dog’s hearing is ten times more sensitive than ours. There are several ways to help get your dog through the festivities.
Desensitize your dog to the sound of fireworks:
Play a video or recording of fireworks at the lowest possible volume a few times during the day. Pair the sound of the fireworks with things your dog likes, such as treats, meals, cuddle time, or a game of tug-of-war. Slowly raise the volume over the next few days, continuing to pair the sound with good things for your dog. If at any point your dog shows signs of fear, turn the volume down to a point where he feels more comfortable. Repeat this several times a day until your dog can hear the sounds at a fairly high volume without becoming fearful.
If you don’t have time to prepare for the fireworks, there are other ways to help ease your dog’s fears:
Try not to react to fireworks yourself – your body language can tell a dog that there is reason to be afraid. Take your dog for a long walk in the afternoon – if he’s exhausted, his brain will be too tired to concentrate on the fireworks. Add some cooked (plain) potato or white rice (plain) to his evening meal – carbohydrates will make him feel fuller and sleepier than usual. A tired and well- fed dog will be less anxious. Drown out the sounds of the fireworks – turn up the radio or T.V. and keep your windows and curtains closed, with all the lights on. The sound of a fan or air conditioner can help too. Involve your dog’s nose – scents such as lavender or pine can help him relax. Don’t push your dog past his comfort zone – leave him to hide under the bed or in the cupboard. If you force him out you may increase his fear and this could turn into aggression. Keep your dog on a leash, this will give you more control and help prevent him from running off.
Make sure your dog has I.D. – if he does become lost, tags and microchips will help get him back safely to you.
Do not leave pets outside – even in a fenced or walled yard.
In the case of a severe phobia, talk to your veterinarian about medication, he may prescribe an anti-anxiety sedative to keep your dog calm. Once the fireworks are over, begin preparing your dog for the next year with the desensitization programme. You may not be able to completely overcome the phobia but at least you will ease some of your dog’s fear.

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