Firework season can be a rough ride for our dogs but the good news is you don't need to resort to making a bunker in the bath or using heavy medication to help keep them calm.
Here's our 5 top tips for naturally relieving anxiety!
1. STAY HOME
Our dogs are always calmest when they're around us. We're their providers, their protectors and their source of comfort when they feel alarmed. Swapping out the local firework display for a cosy night in will help keep your dog grounded.
2. PLAY SOME SOOTHING MUSIC
Back in 2012, some brilliant boffins discovered that certain types of music can reduce our dog's anxiety levels, lower their heart and respiration rate and even help alleviate certain behavioural challenges such as excessive barking.
Opt for a playlist with a calm, pleasant feel and let the soothing melody work it's magic on your dog.
3. MAKE A DEN
Whilst our dog's aren't strictly speaking 'den animals' as they don't burrow under ground, they do display an instinctive desire to snuggle up and hide in small, safe spaces that are warm and reasonably enclosed. Offering your dog a cosy and comfortable place to rest their head can hep promote calmness, feelings of safety and security and improve their general wellbeing.
A den can easily be made by covering a crate with blankets and filling with a comfy dog bed and more blankets to nestle down into. They're best placed away from the main hustle and bustle of the home but close enough for them to keep an eye on comings and goings. They should be wide enough for your dog to lie down fully and tall enough for them to sit up without crouching. Leave the door open so they can come and go as they please. You might find they make it their new favourite spot!
4. MAINTAINED PRESSURE
Have you ever seen a parent swaddle a new born baby? This calming technique is called Maintained Pressure and it works on our dogs too by applying gentle pressure to key pressure points across their body that promote calmness.
To use this technique you'll need some bandages or an old scarf. The length will depend on the size of your dog.
To wrap them up place the middle of the bandage across your dog’s chest. Bring the ends up and cross them over at the withers. Head back down, cross again under their belly and tie together over the top of their lower back, away from the spine. The fit should be snug but not constricting. Never leave your dog unattended in a wrap.
5. CHAMOMILE TEA
The age old calming cup of Chamomile Tea is a herbal remedy Granny was definitely right about and it's one you can share with your dog!
Chamomile is a gentle herb that offers a powerful sedative. It can help your dog relax and even settle a nervous tummy. Just brew up a Chamomile teabag, allow it to cool and offer it to your dog on their food or in their drinking water according to their size.
1 to 20 lbs - 1/4 cup, 1-3 times per day
20 to 50 lbs -1/4 – 1/2 cup, 1-3 times per day
50 to 100 lbs - 1 cup, 1-3 times per day