Thundershirt

How to calm your dog during fireworks or a storm!

If you own a dog you know only too well how distressed they can become during fireworks or a big storm.

It’s horrible to see them so distressed and also for the dogs that bark, it can drive you mad!

Jasper

It wont be long before we are subjected to the prolonged fireworks season that seems to last from October all the way to the end of November and then of course we have the problem that people set fireworks off for birthdays, weddings and to celebrate just about anything and also on New Years eve the fireworks don’t just welcome the New Year, they start early and go on past 1am!

So what can we do to help our dogs and our nerves, well there are products on the market that are said to help. You can use a natural sedative or ask your vet for something, but as I said, this isn’t a one off occasion and we can’t sedate them for months.

Thundershirt

 

You can get something called a Thundershirt for your dog on Amazon and this I know works, but I know this not because I bought one, but because our dog Jasper becomes so calm when we put a cheap dogs T Shirt or Jumper on him.

Now I am not personally fond of dressing dogs up, but when the hound was a puppy, my daughter bought him some T shirts and a jumper and we noticed that he became almost sedated when we put them on him!

Jasper

So for the past few years I have been advising people I know on social media to try it and I have heard that many have found it helps.

The key to this is not waiting until they become distressed and worked up before putting something on them. You need to do it as soon as the storm or the fireworks start. Also reassuring them helps, if your dog barks and you shout at it, well your dog thinks you are joining in.

I am not saying this is a 100% guaranteed method, but it’s certainly worth a try.

Often with bigger dogs, one of your old tops might work with some alteration, but they must be a snug fit. That is what helps them to calm down.

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