Preparing for Fireworks Season
It's that time of year again and we've got a whole bundle of products and information that will help you and your pup feel settled.
The loud noises and flashing lights of fireworks can be very frightening for your dog, but there are things you can do to minimise your dog's stress levels.
Fireworks can be frightening to dogs because the loud bangs along with the flashing lights can be really overwhelming. Dogs can hear sounds up to four times further away than we can, so this means something that may seem loud but ok for us, can be highly uncomfortable for them.
When there are multiple displays happening in at one time, dogs are unlikely to be able to work out were they're coming from & when the next one is going to happen which can be terrifying for them.
Around 40% of dogs in the UK are scared of fireworks so it is really important we desensitise and counter condition our dogs in preparation of firework season to try and eliminate any fear response. This is done through slow and gradual exposure to the stimulus at a low intensity to begin with and changing their emotional response, feelings and attitude towards a stimulus.
SCDT-Online has produced a brilliant FREE course that slowly takes you through step by step stages to helping your dog become less stressed during firework season. They take you through the steps to desensitise your dog and what enriching activities you can use to help keep your dog settled.
We have also put together a treat box and collection page with all the products you can buy that will work well alongside this course. Which you can find here
It includes a treatbox with or without Dorwest Herbs, Dorwest Herbs are an expert herbal supplements company who take the word 'expert' very seriously. It has taken years of experience, a wealth of knowledge and working to the highest standards for Dorwest Herbs to become the UKs leading provider of canine and feline herbal supplements.
They have 2 products that are highly recommended for helping your furry friend feel less anxious or stressed in certain situations.
Dorwest Valerian drops contain pure extracts of three herbs in liquid form, which ensure it acts within just 30 minutes.
Uses: Can be used for unplanned events and especially frightening ‘one-off’ situations, and as an addition to Scullcap & Valerian Tablets as a ‘top-up’
Specially selected active herbs work together to help reduce stress, fear and anxiety in pets.
Uses: Give daily. For moderate phobias start using Scullcap & Valerian Tablets ten days before. For more severe phobias and dog anxiety, start one month before.
Best used as a course.
We've also put together The Fireworks Treat Box that is designed to give your dog the best experience possible by giving them enriching chews along with treats that can be used by making fun games to keep your dog distracted & calm.
Finally, do your research...
Check if you have any firework displays being held in and around your local area to help you prepare!
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