Navigating Fireworks Season with Care
The fireworks season, often celebrated with great enthusiasm and splendour, can be a challenging time for our canine companions. The vibrant displays in the sky that enthral many humans can be quite unsettling for dogs, particularly for breeds like Dachshunds. Known for their keen sense of hearing and strong emotional bonds with their humans, Dachshunds can be especially sensitive to the loud noises and bright flashes.
So, how can we, as responsible pet owners, ensure that our beloved Sausages feel safe and calm during this festive season? Here are some tried and tested strategies.
- Create a Safe Space
Choose a quiet, dimly lit room in your home, preferably one without windows or with heavy curtains. Place your Sausage’s favourite bed or blanket in this room, and maybe even a piece of your clothing to offer comfort. A familiar environment can help ease the stress brought about by the fireworks.
- Distract and Engage
Provide toys, treat-dispensing puzzles, or chewy bones to distract your Sausage. By engaging in a familiar activity, your pet’s focus will shift away from the external noise to the task at hand.
- Play Calming Music
Studies have shown that certain genres of music, like classical or soft instrumental tunes, can have a calming effect on dogs. Consider playing this type of music in the background to mask the fireworks’ noise and soothe your Dachshund’s nerves.
In the weeks leading up to the fireworks season, you can try desensitising your Dachshund to the sounds. Play recordings of fireworks at a low volume, gradually increasing it as your dog becomes more accustomed. Pairing this with positive reinforcement, like treats or praises, can help associate the sound with positive experiences.
- Stay Calm
Dogs are excellent at picking up on human emotions. If you’re anxious, your Sausage will likely be too. By staying calm and maintaining a relaxed demeanour, you communicate to your pet that there’s no reason to be alarmed.
- Avoid Direct Exposure
If possible, keep your Dachshund inside during fireworks displays. If they need to go out for a walk or to relieve themselves, do so during intervals when fireworks aren’t active.
- Consider Pheromone Products
There are various plug-ins and sprays available that release dog-calming pheromones. These can be beneficial in reducing anxiety in some dogs.
- Consult Your Vet
If your Sausage has an extreme reaction to fireworks, it’s essential to consult with your vet. They can provide advice tailored to your dog’s specific needs and may recommend certain medications or supplements to help calm them during stressful events.
Fireworks season can be a daunting time for our Dachshunds, but with understanding, preparation, and a bit of care, it’s possible to alleviate their anxieties. By ensuring that they feel safe and comforted, we not only enhance their well-being but also reinforce the special bond we share with our loyal companions.
Remember, your Dachshund looks up to you for guidance and reassurance, so let’s make this festive season a comforting one for them.