FIREWORKS

We love celebrating the Fourth of July, but the dog is scared of fireworks. He freaks out and I don't know what to do. Help!

Summertime often means fireworks, and that's a popular time for dog owners to seek help with their pet's sensitivity to loud noises.

Does my dog have fear of fireworks?

If your dog is having trouble coping with loud noises like fireworks, he'll often display the following behaviors:

  • Trembling and shaking
  • Clinging to owners
  • Barking excessively
  • Cowering or hiding behind furniture
  • Trying to run away
  • Soiling the house
  • Pacing and panting
  • Refusing to eat

What can I do to help my dog when he hears fireworks?

  • Be prepared. A few days before you know there will be a fireworks display in your town, set up a comfortable hiding place where your dog can feel safe.
  • Plug in a Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Diffuser as close to his usual hiding place as possible, and encourage him to take naps there in the days leading up to the fireworks, so he becomes comfortable in the space. Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products contain a synthetic version of the natural comforting pheromone released by a mother dog to reassure her puppies, and is a great tool to help comfort your dog when loud noises might stress him out. 
  • Dogs often pick up on their owner’s stress, so if possible, try to ignore his fearful behavior.
  • Try to refrain from comforting your dog too much as this may increase his stress behavior by rewarding and encouraging the behavior.
  • Make sure all doors are closed and pet doors are secure. You don't want him running away out of fear.
  • Provide distractions like favorite toys or a new chewy bone while the fireworks are occurring. 
  • Try not to leave your pets alone during the fireworks. They'll be more relaxed when they have a familiar person with them during this time.
  • Above all, do not punish your dog for firework-related "bad" behaviors. He can't help it, and punishing him will only make him more stressed and fearful.

Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products are clinically proven* to help reduce stress behaviors resulting from loud noises and new pet adoption. Comfort Zone® Adaptil® is used and recommended by veterinarians nationwide.

Loud Appliances

Every time I get out the vacuum cleaner, my dog freaks out and starts barking. Why is that, and what can I do about it?

Loud appliances like a vacuum cleaner, blender, lawnmower, or even a loud television can be very stressful for a dog. Dogs that are sensitive to noise to begin with might start to panic at even the slightest increase in general noise around the house. He might bark, whine, or go off into another room and chew something he's not supposed to. These are behaviors he's displaying to try to calm himself.

You can help him in a few ways

  • Let the vacuum cleaner sit, unplugged and turned off, in the middle of the floor. Place some treats around it, and let your dog "get to know" it when it's off.
  • Feed your dog in one room while you're vacuuming the rest of the house.
  • Try using a Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Diffuser a few hours before vacuuming. Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products contain a synthetic version of the natural comforting pheromone released by a mother dog to reassure her puppies. 

Comfort Zone® Adaptil® products are clinically proven* to help reduce stress behaviors resulting from loud noises and new pet adoption. Comfort Zone® Adaptil® is used and recommended by veterinarians nationwide.


RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS

Comfort Zone® Adaptil® diffuser

The Comfort Zone® Adaptil Diffuser releases a drug-free, odorless vapor that mimics a dog's own natural soothing pheromones. The diffuser works great as a permanent solution in the home.

Comfort Zone® Adaptil® spray

The Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Spray makes it easy and convenient to spot-treat objects or areas where your dog is displaying his stress-related behaviors. The spray offers a targeted and travel-friendly approach to your dog's unwanted behaviors.

COMFORT ZONE® ADAPTIl® collar

The Comfort Zone® Adaptil® Collar mimics dog-calming pheromones that help signal to your dog that he is safe and secure, reducing excessive indoor barking, whining, trembling, chewing and house soiling.

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