July 04, 2019
I love to look at them but hate what they do to our beloved dogs.
Here’s a few quick tips to help you for July 4th so your dog won’t get as stressed.
Hard to digest food makes the stomach and the brain have to work harder and causes anxiety. Something nice and easy on the stomach like chicken, rice and pumpkin or even better, turkey or white fish as your protein (both are easy to digest and turkey provides a hefty dose of L-Tryptophan which calms and soothes the brain).
This is quite simply magnificent. When I used to volunteer at the local Humane Society, I brought in one of these cd’s for each room and had the ladies play them when the dogs were barking their heads off in their runs. I also purchased two for a loud, metal roofed boarding facility where the dogs used to get stressed during rainstorms. The feedback was wonderful. The music is mechanically engineered to gradually slow down the dog’s heart rate to help him achieve inner peace. I have personally witnessed 60 dogs go from screaming the place down to sleeping peacefully within 15 minutes. I could not believe my eyes.
A rest before eating his calming meal then a quick potty break before coming in for the evening, where the shades are drawn and the music is playing. Exercise helps to calm a dog down and give him that satiated feeling, just like it does you.
They'll get a personal waft of it every time he moves his head. Lavender is a beautiful calming agent that we use here all the time.
Restriction in terms of clothing helps them to feel like they have armour on. It boosts confidence.
If you have one, grab a book and go in there with him, shut the door, put on a ‘white noise’ appliance like a fan and read your book like nothings going on. If you act panicked or like you’re worried for him, he will be worried, trust me.
It makes the dog move and gives the dog a reward to look forward to. Movement is imperative......make a movement, change a thought, as they say.
You won’t stop your dogs firework phobia but you’ll feel fantastic!
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