We’re fast approaching Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night - a period of the year that many dog owners consider to be the most anxious time of the year for their pet. Loud bangs and bright flashes from nearby firework displays can cause anxiety and stress in our four-legged friends. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your dog feel happier.
Relieve stress with planned walks
Our dogs are similar to us in the sense that physical activity can help relieve stress in the body, making it easier to relax in difficult environments. With this in mind, why not plan extended daily walks with your dog during the days when loud noises could potentially be a problem. Doing so will ensure that your dog gets to sleep easier in the evening too. Aim to double your regular dog walking session - and if wet weather is a concern, keep your Dogrobe handy for quicker drying!
As evening approaches in October and November, it’s important that you are a reassuring presence for your dog when they are anxious. For instance, during loud fireworks, talk to your dog in a manner that is calm and happy. When your dog sees this, they’ll realise that there is nothing in their immediate environment which is threatening. You can go a step further here by offering your dog a treat, or attempting to play a game with them. Just make your best effort to appear relaxed and at ease.
Keep a spare Dogrobe as a comfort blanket
Did you know that a Dogrobe can be an incredibly effective comfort blanket for our four-legged friends? When dogs are nervous, surrounding them with toys and bedding that they are familiar with is a useful tactic to make their environment a safe place. An extension of this thinking is to actually put a dry Dogrobe on your dog, before securing its ties to ensure a snug fit. Doing this will make your dog feel more secure and comfortable.
Try Pet Remedy
If your dog is particularly anxious, you may wish to try de-stress and calming products from Pet Remedy, which have a unique and clinically proven formulation available as a plug diffuser, calming sprays, and even a battery operated atomiser.
Apart from being a natural option, a great advantage of Pet Remedy is that it starts to help within minutes. This is because of the way it works. The low concentration Valerian based formulation works with the dog's own natural calming mechanisms by mimicking GABA (a natural calming agent present in all mammals).
So when a pet becomes stressed or anxious the Pet Remedy actives help trick the fired-up nerve cells into thinking they are getting a message from the brain to calm.