Experts advise consulting vets for anti-anxiety meds. 69% of owners found medication helpful for dogs' firework anxiety. Sileo®: FDA-approved gel for noise-induced anxiety.
DAP (Adaptil®) mimics mother dog's pheromones, easing dogs' firework anxiety. Comes as diffuser, spray, or collar for a sense of well-being.
Use "self-soothe" techniques: sniffing, chewing, licking. Joe Ryan suggests puzzle toys with treats to divert focus from outside noise. #DogAnxietyTips
Tire out your dog before fireworks: park play or jog. Prevent pacing or panting by ensuring high-energy activities before festivities begin.
Old theory avoided snuggles, but Warr says it's up to the dog. If pup seeks reassurance, cuddling quietly is fine.
ThunderShirt applies even pressure like a hug. Reviews vary on its effectiveness during panic, but Ryan says it's a "can't hurt, might help" choice.
Drown out fireworks noise with white noise or soothing music to quickly reduce dog's stress levels.
Dogs seek shelter from fireworks. Mindy Waite suggests basement hideout with covered windows to avoid flashes of light for her greyhound.
Modeling works both ways: Nervous dog observes calm older/dominant dog during fireworks, setting a precedent for relaxation.
Stay calm as the executive. Dogs sense changes, including body temperature. If you're nervous, your dog may see fireworks as an issue. Take deep breaths and stay calm.