Tips for Calming Your Dog's Firework Anxiety

By KOLR10 News

Published 07/03 2014 05:13PM

Updated 07/03 2014 06:06PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The 4th of July and the holiday weekend can be a troublesome time for our furry friends.
Many dogs are bothered by the sound of explosions throughout neighborhoods. We spoke with trainer John Lopez, of the Howliday Inn Pet Resort, about some tips and tricks to keep dogs worry free through the weekend. 

Lopez says as humans we generally want to comfort and hold our pets but he suggests fighting that basic response. 

Rather than holding onto your dog Lopez suggests calming emotions by turning your dog on his or her side and gently massaging it’s shoulders and flank areas. He says the gentle massage should calm the dog without reinforcing anxiety.

Thunder shirts or a similar tight fitting shirt can also be a helpful option because the pressure takes your dog's focus away from the fireworks.

Lopez says it’s also important to walk off as much energy as possible before the fireworks begin so your dog is naturally tired. 

A long neighborhood walk can be ideal, if space at your place is limited, treadmill training can also be a good option. 
See the video above for John’s demonstration on how to train your dog to walk on a treadmill. 

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