It’s back towards the end of the year. For some people, the time of year, but for many dog owners, it’s not a pleasant time. Fireworks can be a source of stress and anxiety for many dogs, especially during holidays like New Year’s Eve.
Not all dogs are anxious about fireworks or loud bangs. But a large portion of all dogs are afraid of loud bangs at some point.
Fortunately, it is possible to train your dog to better handle fireworks and other loud, unexpected noises. When you help your dog control his fear, it makes everyone happy.
How to start fireworks training for dogs?
First, it’s important to understand what causes fireworks anxiety in dogs. Fireworks produce strong bursts and flashes. And they are often unexpected for dogs. Fireworks can cause stress and anxiety in dogs. You can recognize stress by your Labrador’s behavior, such as shaking, drooling, growling, barking, or even walking away.
Start training early
To help your Labrador handle fireworks better, it’s important to start training early. This means getting your dog used to loud noises. It is best to do this before the start of the fireworks season. You can do this by playing loud sounds at a low volume and gradually increasing it. Look for sounds similar to fireworks, such as pops or sirens, and play them occasionally while your dog is calm. Giving a positive reward, such as a treat or attention, if your dog remains calm upon hearing these sounds will reduce his anxiety and stress.
Get your Labrador used to fireworks
It’s also important to get your dog used to the presence of fireworks. You can do this by showing fireworks from a safe distance, for example on the. Again, offer a positive reward if your dog stays calm when seeing fireworks.
Provides a safe space
Plus, it can help provide your dog with a safe space during the fireworks. It can be a closed room, where you mask the fireworks with music or other background noise. Make sure your dog has plenty of water and leave a light on so it’s less dark and the flashes are less intense.
Using aids, such as sedation or distraction
What can also help is a special shirt – the KarmaWrap.
Karmic wrap is based on the principles of swaddling: an effective soothing method for babies. This method applies gentle pressure to key points on your dog’s body, helping to calm and reassure him.
KarmaWrap works because, much like swaddling a baby, the constant light pressure around your dog’s chest and torso creates a sense of security. This helps your dog calm down and relax better. Experience shows that KarmaWrap has a positive effect on 85% of stressed or anxious dogs.
Finally, it’s important to remember that fireworks training for dogs takes time and consistency. It’s not something you can fix in a day!