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Fear of Fireworks in dogs

At this time of year I am often asked how to handle fear of fireworks in dogs, so the aim of this blog is to develop our understanding of the situation a little and to make sure we do the right things about it:

What causes fear of fireworks in dogs?

The obvious thought is that they are scared of the loud noise.  This is quite natural, as often small children are instinctively fearful of loud noises including (more…)

Do ThunderShirts Work?

As we approach the firework season many dog owners whose dogs suffer with fear of fireworks and other loud noises are turning to the internet for information, desperate to stop their dog from feeling so worried at this time.  And one of the questions I get asked is “Do ThunderShirts work…?”  So here is my answer to that, and some other related questions:

Q: What is a ThunderShirt?

A: ThunderShirts (more…)

What to do if your dog is scared of fireworks.

If your dog is scared of fireworks it’s a sure sign that they need to be shown by you that the fireworks are nothing to worry about. A standard human reaction isn’t appropriate unfortunately. We naturally try to reassure the dog as we would a child, stroking them and trying to tell them that everything is alright. Unfortunately dogs do not understand English, so may think your words mean something  (more…)