Fireworks season is fast approaching. We all know how stressful it can be for our dog, and therefore, for us too!
There are lots of things we can try to help with the stress. We have to work to find the best solution for the individual dog.
Our solution is massage. Donna Wills of Animal physiotherapy Ltd produced the Puppy Massage DVD to help teach owners how to do basic safe massage, in the comfort and security of thier own home. Meaning pure relaxation for both owner and dog. Great for any age, not just puppies, the techniques can be learnt young and implemented throughout life.
The fireworks season is long and intense. Our behavioural advice has all been overseen by a highly qualified behaviourist, Kris Glover, so that you will have the best chance to make this work well for your dog. We reccomend that the massage is learnt early before the fireworks begin, or simply get your dog used to it when they are not likely to be going off. Then when you are your dog are used to the process (this may not take many sessions) in anticipation of fireworks, set your home up as relaxing for your dog as possible and do your main massage time early evening, before they start, so as to put your dog in a highly relaxed state. The massage releases endorphines and seretonin, all making your dog more relaxed and less likely to react. You can enhance the environment by having relaxing music in, dog relaxaion sprays, and even some chamolime tea. The more options you use, the better it all works. Setting this all up in advance of the fireworks is important as this allows the dog to not associate these things with the impending fireworks. If you wait for fireworks, then set it up, it can make the 2 associated.
So with your home and dog relaxed, you should both be able to enjoy the night. If your dog does start to hear them, they may come to you for reassurance. Its vital you stay calm. As your dog is now used to the massage and doesnt associate it with only the bad fireworks, you can use it to add reassurance as needed and it will reinforce the calming.
We all know fireworks is hard on most dogs, and the severity of thier anxiety does vary. But if we can implement a healthy thought process to it all young in life, then it will stay that way.
So get your copy of the Puppy Massage DVD today. As featured in Crufts extra. Supported by T.V. vet Paul Manktelow MRCVS and 5 star review from the president of the British Veterinary Nursing Association, and Dogs Today magazine editor Beverly Cuddy.