Emotional Pups – No Fun for You or Them
It’s almost that time of year. In fact, it might already be in your area. You know what I’m talking about right? Either fireworks or thunderstorms. The times of the year that can be so very hard on your pets, especially dogs. Read on to find some great tips I’ve picked up over the years of being a pet owner and helping with pet rescue.
Thunderstorms and Fireworks
Thunderstorms and fireworks can be the bane of dogs everywhere. Oftentimes, it doesn’t matter if your pup is the best-behaved dog in the world, when the booming of thunder or the bam of fireworks is happening, even the calmest dog can get spooked. And getting spooked can be dangerous. Did you know more dogs go missing on the 4th of July (US) and New Year’s Eve than any other time of the year?
So, what is an owner to do?
One, don’t ever leave your dogs outside if you know there are going to be thunderstorms or fireworks. They don’t understand what is happening and they will do anything to get away. And sometimes, that can be a dangerous proposition if they get out on a road. Dogs will literally climb or jump 6+ feet fences trying to get away.
Two, plan ahead. This means, don’t wait until the event is upon you to figure out what you are going to do to mitigate the fear for your dog. Get your supplies ready and do some trial runs. It’ll be less stressful for you both.
What does planning ahead look like?
In my house, it means planning a safe space for them, be that a kennel or an interior room. Yep, I’ve slept in the bathroom many a night with my pups. It happens less often than before, because now they are used to the items we use and I do my very best to plan ahead and not wait.
One that I always had on hand for Bryndoll (she crossed the Rainbow Bridge this year) was a Thundershirt. This Velcro contraption wraps them up tight and helps them feel secure. The issue most people have is they wait too long to put the shirt on the pup or to get them acclimated to it before there is a need. If you wait until there is a problem, then the dog will only associate the shirt with being scared, and it is less effective. So make sure you get the pup used to wearing it, and that you put it on well before it is needed. I always watched the weather reports and if thunderstorms were projected I’d just go ahead and put Bryndoll in it. Same thing for fireworks. She went in the Thundershirt at least by late afternoon to ensure it was on before the first firecracker went off in the neighborhood.
Another thing I use is several Young Living Essential Oils. And yes, they are the only ones I trust for my family and pets. Again, the trick is to apply them before there is a problem. The best way to introduce pets to essential oils is to do it low and slow. Dogs especially have a very keen sense of smell, so too much oil too fast can make them sneeze and might make them less inclined to want to be around them. What I have found to work best is to take one drop of oil rub it on my hands, and then pet down the back of the dog. I try to stay away from the ears so the scent doesn’t overwhelm their nose.
I also will drop some oil on the Thundershirt as well. Remember, that just like with people, different oils work better for some dogs than others. In our house, Bryndoll always loved and was calmed by Frankincense the most. But Twinkle will come running for our Valor blend. Seriously, if I open the bottle she comes running to get some. As you can imagine, that is the first oil I reach for when I know there is going to be fireworks. Other oils that are helpful to dogs are Lavender, Peace and Calming, and Stress Away.
I hope this gave you some ideas of things to try to help keep your pups calm during stressful times. And don’t forget, these work just as well for you, too. We don’t have Thundershirts for humans, but I hear weighted blankets are great!!!
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Let's all do our part ot keep our pets worry-free this summer.
Keepin' Real, as always ----Cathy
Keepin' Real, as always ----Cathy
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