It's that time of year. Well, there are those times a year where fireworks are allowed in the State of Michigan and local municipalities get the final word on when they are permitted and wat times they are allowed, but time is really not much of a factor to the four legged friends we have around, so...all the rules and regulations and what not, they don't do much to quell the fear that some pets find when really loud noises start happening around them.
If you are a follower of social media at all, you know that it's one of the biggest things people talk about as a problem with their pets. Noise from fireworks is alarming to not only pets, but some Veterans experience fear with the noise due to PTSD. It's a delicate balance that we're learning to adapt to with the somewhat recent legalization of larger consumer grade fireworks here in Michigan. Pets sometimes hide in fear, other times they may pant, pace or whine. They can become restless and agitated and some can even run away to try and avoid the loud noise. These are all classic examples of "fight or flight" in a pet.
Jodi is going to address this subject this week. There are a number of ways you can work with your pet to help console them when they are afraid like this. First things first as always, positive reinforcement. Jodi is going to give you some really great tips on how to get your dog confident that the loud stuff won't hurt them. Next up, taking things to another level. How can you console them with an added feeling of security and comfort? Cheap and easy idea. Even some kinds of touch can help your dog get comfortable in situations that might otherwise send them running.
Dog Blessed is brought to you by the CBD Store of Michigan, Clock's Timeless Pets and Must Love Dogs in Grand Haven! Here comes episode 19 of Dog Blessed with Jodi-Jarvis Therrian on the Muskegon Channel.
It's the reassurance that will help the most in the long run. Calming and effective ways to help your pet past some of those moments that otherwise send them under the bed can be easily managed if you take charge in advance and work patiently and positively with your pet to let them know that they are safe and no danger is coming from those loud noises. You can learn more about Jodi and her Dog Blessed business by visiting her link online and of course, don't forget to support Clock's Timeless Pets, the CBD Store of Michigan and Must Love Dogs Pet Boutique in Grand Haven.