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With this reaction -- Ask for ‘tricks’ to be performed at this ’stressful’ time. The ‘trick’ is what you are praising for, not any reaction.
- Recordings of fireworks and other ’scary’ noises can be played while your dog is doing something fun. I would recommend downloading the ‘Sound Proof Puppy App’ for pets off ITunes or Android. It has been developed by a vet nurse/trainer, with noises that typically can bring about a fear response and comes with detailed instructions for its use. You can reward relaxation/no/less response.When using a super tasty treat, if your dog is not accepting this treat, he/she is too stressed and the intensity of the noise needs to be decreased.This process is about weeks of training, amounting to about 10 minutes a day of time with your dog.
- D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromone)This is available in different branded products – one being Adaptil from vets and some pet stores. This can be used to reduce anxiety from any source. Dog Appeasing Pheromone is a calming chemical. It is a synthetic version of a pheromone that is produced from the skin of the dog’s mammary glands. It is aimed to be reminiscent of the security of the mother when the dog was a pup. Use constantly, not ‘as needed’.
- I’ve had many clients rave about the Thunderband/Thundershirt - this is a type of vest for your dog that stimulates acupressure points and also the idea being that a constant gentle ‘hug’ can calm an anxious pet’s nervous system (a hug is chemically rewarding). On a hot day you can soak the Thundershirt in water and put it on. The Thunderband/Thundershirt can be bought at most pet stores and some vet clinics.
- Provide a small area, a covered crate if your dog is accustomed to this, for your dog during stressful periods. This area will help make them feel more secure (it is den-like).
Lastly, you must be the strong one.Don’t act worried about the loud bangs and squeals outside for your dog. I always say with behaviour, ‘You get what you reflect,’ Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.