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How can I help my dog cope with fireworks anxiety

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

The main reason that dogs are afraid of fireworks is that they make a loud, unexplainable noise, that dogs cannot escape.

The noise of a firework is very loud, and it comes without any warning. A dog’s hearing is much more sensitive than our own, so they startle much easier than we do. If your dog is nervous generally, fireworks could be terrifying for them.

If your pet does have fireworks anxiety, the symptoms will be plain to see:

  • Seeking comfort

  • Shaking

  • Trembling

  • Hiding

  • Salivation

  • Urination

Most dogs that are experiencing fireworks anxiety will tremble and try to hide away behind furniture or under a table. If they are very frightened, they may urinate, or run away. In some cases, dogs become destructive when they feel anxiety and may chew on furniture, or claw at carpets.

How to Calm My Dog with CBD?

There are many pet owners who use CBD products to help calm their pets. There are also an increasing number of people who are using CBD to increase their own calmness as well. CBD is a fast-acting, natural compound that will help your dog stay calm from the sound of fireworks.

The best way to calm a dog down around fireworks is to administer CBD several hours before the fireworks begin. It will take some time for the CBD to pass through the digestive system and start to work. Gizzls Dog Treats are delicious, meaty and healthy (shhhh don't tell your pooch!), so dogs will happily eat them.

There are also some practical steps that you can take as well as giving them Gizzls CBD treats. The first thing you should do on Guy Fawkes is making sure that your pet can’t escape. They run away to try to escape the noise of the fireworks.

Keep Your Dog Indoors

Before the festivities begin, put your dog in a room which muffles any outside sound the best. The less noise your dog can hear, the less reason for it to get anxious.

Keep your dog indoors and keep windows and drapes closed. This will reduce the sound and smell of fireworks. Closing the drapes or blinds will keep the flashing lights away. Doing this will also stop your dog from running away.

Distract Your Dog

Switch on the TV or play some music and give your dog some toys to play with. If your dog is distracted by something else, it will be less concerned about the noise outside.

Provide Your Dog with a Safe Place to Hide

When a dog gets scared by a sound that it can’t identify, it will want to hide. If your pet is comfortable being in a crate, they may feel better if they were in it. Or, put your dog’s bed in a corner or under a table.

Give Your Dog Comfort Items

Leaving your dog with some comfort items could also help the situation. Make sure your dog has close access to its favourite play toy as items like these will bring it comfort. If you have to leave your dog, leave it with a piece of your clothing or your blanket for the dog to cuddle with. Leaving an item that reminds them of you should help bring comfort to your dog while you're out.

Positive Reinforcement

If you are with your dog while fireworks are going off, try and be as comforting and positive as possible. Dogs are always looking to their owners for guidance and they trust you.

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