Fireworks and summer thunderstorm season is here—and while you may enjoy both, the racket can be downright terrifying for your dog. If your pet trembles, whines, drools, or clings to you when he hears loud noises, he likely suffers from a condition known as noise aversion.
There are several things you can do to help your pet get through these events. Turn on soothing music to dull the noise or try distracting your dog with games and toys. Above all, avoid punishment, praise, or comforting as these actions will only confirm that there is something to be afraid of and reinforce the reaction.
If behavior modification and distraction aren’t enough, there are other remedies to try including Thundershirts, herbal tinctures, anti-anxiety medications and sedatives. If we can help with more information or if you think your pet might benefit from medication, don’t wait – contact us today to make an appointment.