There are only a few hours until the end of 2020 and, like every New Year’s Eve, here is a moment that for dogs, as well as for many other animals, turns out to be a real nightmare: fireworks.
And although it is true that in several cities of our province (Novara, Arona and Borgomanero, for example) there is a ban on the use of firecrackers, barrels and fireworks, many times this is not enough to seat the New Year’s celebrators more leathery and noisy that, with bursts and flashes, create a real stress in the animals, even causing them to lose their orientation or induce them to flee.
To try to eliminate, or at least alleviate, the anxiety of our four-legged friends as much as possible, Dog Heroes, a startup that offers a fresh food service for dogs, based on personalized feeding plans, designed by veterinarians and delivered to your home. , has prepared a vademecum of 5 useful tips to protect our dogs.
1. Prepare it by taking an afternoon walk.
A walk in the afternoon (or a run) will help our dog to arrive more relaxed at night.
2. Give her a light meal before the hustle and bustle begins
Remember to make your dog eat and drink several hours before the firecrackers go off. During noise peaks, the dog may have an upset stomach, caused by anxiety or excessive movement.
3. Create a safe haven for him
Create a quiet area and train your dog to associate it with a happy environment by bringing his favorite toys and his usual blanket there. Make sure to remove anything that might hurt you and avoid placing the studio near too much furniture.
4. Distract him with background noises from television and radio.
To reduce the impact of sudden noise caused by exploding barrels and fireworks, leave the television or radio on to cover up or mix in outside noises.
5. Behave naturally
Keep calm. Dogs are very sensitive animals, if they realize that you are worried, they can be suspicious. Move with calm and composure and try to convey calmness and security: an agitated attitude on your part would risk confirming their fears and anxieties.