It's that time of year again! That's right - fireworks are going off and your dog is terrified. Many dogs experience fear and anxiety during fireworks displays, so you're not alone!
Signs of anxiety may include shaking, panting, drooling, pacing, hiding, or destructive behavior.
To support your dog in overcoming their fear of fireworks, there are several things you can do:
- Create a safe, comfortable space for your dog to retreat to during the fireworks display. This could be a crate, a room with familiar toys and blankets, or even just a quiet corner of your home.
- Play calming music or white noise to help drown out the sound of the fireworks. Closing windows and doors, drawing the curtains, and turning on fans or air conditioning can also help muffle outside noise.
- Try using products such as calming collars or pheromone sprays, or speak with your veterinarian about medications that can help alleviate anxiety.
Remember to stay calm and supportive when comforting your dog during fireworks displays, and never punish them for exhibiting fearful behaviors. Hopefully, a little snuggle from you can go a long way!