Out of all the things you say to your dog, 52% of people say they have told their dog…What?
Answer: Told it a secret they have kept from everyone else (Men’s Health)
at least mine -! All of my dogs are terrified of fireworks and lightning and plastic bags and cats and most things come to think of it – but fireworks are at the top of that list. This is a great article I found on another site – WTOP.com and I couldn’t have said it better myself -. Here are some tips:
For dogs and cats with average anxiety:
Dr. Nelson says pheromone and thunder coats work to calm about half the pets using them. For pets with higher-than-average anxiety, combine a quiet room with:
For severe anxiety when animals become sick or may harm themselves:
Dr. Nelson says pet owners shouldn’t feel as though the “quiet room” is banishing a pet away from an owner’s comfort.
“I think if you look at it that way, then your pet is going to sense that from you,” she says.
Dogs, for example, are den animals.
“They really do like having that safe protected sort of closed-in environment, that’s why kennels are very effective for many dogs that suffer from anxiety. If you have a dog that loves his crate that’s probably the best place for him,” Nelson says.
Also, the “quiet room” doesn’t have to be a bathroom.
“You might have a large walk-in closet, or some other area that you think they might be more comfortable in,” Nelson says.
Also, Nelson stresses that pet owners should not act sad, ashamed or guilty when putting a pet in or taking them out of the “quiet room.”
“If you don’t make a big deal about it then they’re going to feel like: ‘OK, my human isn’t worked up, so I guess is shouldn’t be worked up either,’ and it’ll help them to get through it a lot better,” Nelson says.
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