Bonfire Night and your Dog

Bonfire Night and your Dog

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As Bonfire Night approaches, many dog owners can become anxious about their animals fear of the loud bangs and noises

caused by Fireworks.
There are many expensive devices sold these days to address this issue, and some dog owners feel the need to visit their Vet

to ask for some calming medication for their dog.

As a lifetime owner and great lover of all things canine, I would like to share a few hints and tips that may help you ( and your dog!)
Please note that the following advice should be started as soon as you get a puppy, because like many fears in humans , the older the dog and the more negative experiences they have,the more difficult it can become to help them.
Firstly, try to be as relaxed as possible whenever the noise of fireworks is heard. Your dog sees you as its Pack Leader, so if you get anxious then they will do too!
Carry on with your usual routine and try not to “overcompensate” and make too much fuss of them.
Keep Firework noises to a minimum by keeping all windows shut. It may be helpful to raise the volume of your TV or radio ( if you are already listening to them)
If your dog barks at the noise of the fireworks, try not to shout at them. They see this noise as a threat to their territory ( rather like the postman or a burglar ) They can become confused if you reprimand them.
Distraction is always the key. Plenty of Strokes and reassurance usually does the trick.
Finally, make  Bonfire Night a positive time for you and your Dog. Enjoy!!!!!