Summer in Australia can be noisy: thunderstorms, fireworks and parties are just some of the events that can trigger noise sensitivities in dogs. Although it may not be possible to avoid the noises.
There are some simple ideas for helping your dog to cope during a noisy situation:
· Expose puppies to different noises from a young age and make sure the noises are always associated with something pleasant such as a dog treat. Using Adaptil while encountering a potentially scary sound will help your pup avoid negative associations with the noise.
· Providing a crate in a quiet room filled with toys and hidden treats allows your dog to retreat to a safe place when they feel threatened and helps them cope with the stress created by the loud noises. An Adaptil Diffuser can be placed close by to improve their sense of security.
· Never punish your dog for any behaviour that comes as a result of their anxiety – punishment may make their anxiety worse and has a negative impact on your relationship with your dog.
· Masking the loud noise with a noise your dog can tolerate (such as classical music) can make a big difference.
· Engage your dog in a game to distract them.
Please keep your pets safe & secure during the fireworks.
Make sure they are wearing collars with tags and that there microchip details are up to date! To check if your pets details are up to date, click the link.www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au