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Calming Your Dog During Thunderstorms and Fireworks

 

Thunderstorms and fireworks can be daunting to a dog.  Here are some great tips to help your dog cope through these difficult periods by Jupiter, Florida Dog Trainer, Carol Harris who is an ABCDT Certified Dog Trainer and an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator.

Fear of thunderstorms, fireworks and other loud noises is common in puppies and dogs. Because we can’t control these outside events, it is important to do as much as we can to control our dog’s indoor environment during the frightening events.

Prepare by having things ready to decrease his stress level. Products are available to relieve stress and fear. These include calming collars, sprays and atomizers containing DAP (dog appeasing pheromones); snug wraps such as the Thundershirt; hemp oil, also called CBD oil; anti-stress tablets, chewies; and various holistic anti-stress compounds These products are helpful to many dogs and are worth trying. Your vet may prescribe medication for severe stress and anxiety.

Play music or TV to cover the scary sounds. If you can, stay at home and speak to your dog in a comforting voice to reassure him. Stress is contagious, so be calm.

When the storm (or fireworks) starts, immediately give very special treats to your dog every time you hear the thunder/fireworks. Timing is critical – put the treat at the dog’s mouth the instant the noise starts. This is counter-conditioning the dog to believe that thunder and fireworks bring treats! The noise becomes less scary, more rewarding. The dog becomes less frightened and less stressed.

Sometimes you may not be able to catch your dog for treats before he runs to his favorite safe hiding place. Some frightened dogs go under a bed or chair, others go to their crate, or any place that seems safe. If your dog has a special “safe place” in your home, where he seeks shelter, allow him to go there.Forcing your dog to come out will increase his stress and fear. Instead, take his favorite toy, or a stuffed Kong type toy, or a bully stick to his shelter. He may be too stressed to enjoy it during the storm or fireworks but can have it when he feels better. If your dog doesn’t have a safe place, you can try creating one by covering his crate with a blanket to block lightening, fireworks, and thunder, and placing the crate in a dark, quiet spot that your dog likes. An alternative is to put your dog’s bed or mat in a dark quiet place, with his water, a favorite toy. Check on him often to comfort and reassure him.

For further inquiries, Carol Harris can be reached at

561-254-8988

www.carolharrisdogtraining.com

carol@carolharrisdogtraining.com

Dog suffers from thunderstorm and fireworks anxiety

Jupiter Dog Walking

 

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Dogs love to be walked in the morning the afternoon and night

  • Are you too busy and over worked to break away from the office?
  • Are you concerned your dog is not getting the walks that he or she deserves?

We would love to walk your dog or dogs!  You can arrange morning, midday and evening dog walks with us.  President Max-well’s Pet Services understands that you are busy and we want to accommodate yours and your dog’s needs by giving them a walk.  Jupiter has some nice places to walk dogs, as we are blessed to have beautiful neighborhoods and nice nature preserves.  

What we do for the walk?  

  • Walk your dog
  • Fresh water
  • Send you texts and updates
  • Treat if you want
  • Play time, if there is time available.

We also love puppies and we want to be part of that experience as well.  We love to watch them grow!  Yes, they need potty breaks too!  

Book with us today.  We know you are busy so we are now offering online billing and scheduling.

July 4th Pet Safety Tips

Hard to believe that July 4th is this Monday!  Wow!  Here are some pet safety tips to keep your precious treasures out of harms way.

  • Keep your pets away from the BBQ area due to matches and lighter fluid.
  • Do not give alcoholic beverages or caffeine to your pets as it is toxic.
  • Keep your pets home; don’t take them to the fireworks display.
  • Make sure your pets have their proper tags attached to their collars. If they were to get loose, they can be properly returned.
  • Lots of dogs end up in shelters on this day as they get disoriented and lost due to fireworks.
  • Keep your dogs in the crate if necessary.  As another option, keep them in the laundry room as it is typically well-ventilated.
  • No table leftovers as they can be toxic.
  • Keep them inside so they are safe.
    For further information go to http://www.aspca.org

Please contact President Max-well’s Pet Services for your pet care needs in the Jupiter/Tequesta and Palm Beach Gardens areas. 561-827-7298.

 

 

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