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It’s firework season which means there are a lot of dogs about ready to freak out *however* some of last year’s puppies will experience fireworks for the very first time.
I’m going to give you this blog’s take away message right now: Take every neutral experience (where nothing good and nothing bad happens) and make it a good, positive, well treated experience!
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Most of the time, a firework goes off and your dog is fine. They realize that nothing good or bad happens. But that doesn’t mean that a particularly close firework or an extra loud one won’t change their mind quickly and create a fearful dog for the future. So every single time a firework booms, throw a party! Treat your dog, play a quick game, etc. Let them think that firework booms predict awesome things.
And start now! I know that I’ve been hearing some backyard fireworks especially this week during the Blackhawks hockey finals but also those preparing for the big night. Starting now while there are only 1 or 2 bangs will help them ease into July 4.
If your dog is already fearful of fireworks, here are a few tips.
One: Go back and read this blog from Two Bostons’ blog. It recommends great products to help ease and anxious dog.
Two: Don’t coddle or comfort your dog when they are afraid. It’s human empathy to comfort those that are afraid but that will only communicate to your dog that it’s okay to be afraid and they should continue feeling anxiety.
Three: Create a comfort place for your dog to go retreat in. Let them have some alone time during the fireworks and offer them a delicious chew toy as well.
Boom! Boom! Happy Independence Day everyone!!
Ask the Trainer is written for Two Bostons Pet Boutique by Amber Walker of Animal Intuitions. To ask Amber any question regarding training your pet, please email her at askthetrainer@twobostons.com
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