Anything that will initiate a sense of familiar for your dog should be brought into play. Do they like to cuddle with a special toy or blanket? Do they like to lay in their favorite chair? Finding the familiar will make your dog feel at ease. It's also a good idea to play some fun or relaxing music inside the house to keep your dog a bit distracted and calm. TV works too! Any other sounds that your dog is already familiar with may distract them from the loud and scary firework noises. Ultimately, your dog will feel safe if they are surrounded by their favorite things, including you!
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8. Demystify the Firework ‘scaries’.
If you find that your dog is showing severe signs of anxiety, consider reaching out to a dog trainer, or your vet, on how to support your pup to adjust to loud noise, such as fireworks. If you don’t have access to a trainer currently, one possible at-home suggestion is to play at low volume the sounds of fireworks or thunderstorms. This will help your dog to familiarize the sounds with the support and comfort of your presence. Additionally, you can positively reinforce your dog’s behavior in adjusting to the noise by adding in a special treat! Always make sure that your dog is not expressing nervous or anxious signs while trying this alternative. To explore some dog trainers we are familiar with, check out Dope Dog’s ‘Ask a Trainer’ series !