Thunderstorms and fireworks can make your pet jumpy, terrified and prone to hiding. How can you reassure your pet in their time of need? Here are a few tips to help them adjust:
- Create a safe haven with easy access that muffles loud noises and provides them with a cozy atmosphere to take shelter in.
- Get your pet involved in a favorite activity to distract them from their fear, stop the activity if the anxious behavior continues or worsens.
- Use calming treats or Thundershirts to help calm your pet.
- Play tapes with startling noises quietly then over a period of time increase the volume. This allows your dog to grow accustomed to the sounds.
Despite your best efforts, severe anxiety can still remain. If you find all other attempts at reassuring your pet failing, consult an animal behaviorist or veterinary for alternatives.