How To Deal With Anxiety In Dogs This New Year
80% of owners notice a change in their dog’s behaviour during fireworks.
3 in 5 dog owners are worried about their dog’s welfare during fireworks season.
New research shows there is a 100% increase in the number of dogs going missing during fireworks season.
Anxiety in dogs has been a common subject as a result of lockdown and the increase in separation anxiety seen in ‘lockdown dogs’. But what about anxiety and stress experienced in dogs during the holiday season?
A study by the Kennel Club highlighted that 80% of owners notice a change in their dog’s behaviour during fireworks, and there was a 100% increase in the number of dogs going missing during fireworks season (such as Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve).
In fact, 3 in 5 dog owners are worried about their dog’s welfare during fireworks season.
The experts at Eden’s Gate have put together some advice on how to help calm your dog during this period of time.
Get your dog used to the sounds of fireworks in advance of the day, using sounds, videos, imagery and more.
Provide your dog with a safe space such as a blanket fort, kennel, area with their favourite bed, toys and blankets and make this as soundproof as possible.
Keeping your dog calm during this period can be difficult, but there are products on the market that may be able to provide some relief. CBD is often associated with its calming effects in humans, and there are some CBD products for pets that may also help to calm their nerves.
Avoid letting your dog go outside while fireworks are going off.
Try classical music to help soothe your dog – Classical FM did a great show for Bonfire night and it really does help to keep pets calm while fireworks are going off.
Keep the TV and/or radio on to help drown out the noise of fireworks and close the curtains to keep the flashing lights out.