How to combat your dog's firework anxiety - dog anxiety soothe!

Can you believe it? The 4th of July is already only a month away! Now that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are lifting, time is beginning to fly again. This is a great time to start to train your dog to accept CrittEar dog earplugs so that they can be ready to have a calm celebration of freedom.

July 4th Is Full Of Bangs (and booms)!

On July 4, 1777, the first Independence Day was celebrated with fireworks, bonfires, and bells in Philadelphia (source). The gatherings did not go unnoticed, but rather grew. Later, in the 1870’s Independence Day became an official federal holiday in the United States of America. Today, the tradition of using fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July is still booming! People love to gather in large crowds and watch the fireworks light up the sky with friends, family and even complete strangers. Smaller gatherings are popular too, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. People love the 4th of July fireworks, but dogs are not such big fans.

The Booms Frighten Dogs

There is one thing that dog parents know without a doubt when it comes to the 4th of July. No matter how big and festive the gatherings, dogs hate fireworks. The big booms trigger noise anxiety for our furry friends. Dogs have super sensitive hearing that is geared to pick up incredibly quiet sounds that humans can’t even detect. Very loud noises can frighten dogs and can potentially harm their sensitive hearing. Therefore, it is important to train your dog to accept CrittEar dog earplugs, so that they will be protected on the 4th of July.

Why A Month To Train Your Dog Is Perfect

A month is a great amount of time with which to train your dog to accept CrittEar dog earplugs! It gives your dog time to get used to seeing and feeling the dog earplugs before the big day, so they don’t shake them out of their ears. All you will need for training is the CrittEar dog earplugs, some of your dog’s favorite treats, and a little bit of patience. Starting to train your dog is simple, follow these 5 steps (read more here):

  • Introduce the CrittEar dog earplugs. Simply show your dog the CrittEar dog earplugs. Let them see and sniff them. Give your dog a treat each time they see the dog earplugs. The treats are a positive reinforcement of the behaviors you want to see. Repeat this until the dog expects to get a treat upon seeing the dog earplugs.
  • Roll the CrittEar dog earplug in your hand. With your dog right next to you, roll the CrittEar dog earplug in your dominant hand between your forefinger and your thumb. The goal is to create a cylinder with the dog earplug. As your dog watches you do this, give them a treat.
  • Pull up on the dog’s ear. With your free hand, hold the dog’s outer ear close to their head and pull up gently, but firmly. Get your dog used to you touching both the inside and outside of their outer ear. Give your dog a treat for allowing you to touch their ears.
  • Gently insert the CrittEar dog earplug. Once your dog is used to you touching their ears, after the ear is pulled upward and the CrittEar dog earplug has been rolled, gently insert the small end of the dog earplug into the dog’s ear canal. Wait a moment for the dog earplug to expand into place. Give your dog a treat for allowing you to insert the dog earplug.
  • Try a training hood. For some dogs, a training hood may also help to train your dog not to shake the earplugs out. You’ll need a tight-fitting hood (like a groomer’s hood) that you can place over your dog’s head and ears. Give your dog treats for wearing the hood.

Be Prepared And Celebrate, But Keep Your Dog Anxiety Free

The 4 th of July is a great time to celebrate with your friends and family. Dogs are, of course, a part of your family! You can help to keep your dog calm during the fireworks by beginning to train your dog to accept CrittEar dog earplugs now. The 4th of July will be here before you know it, so don’t wait. One month is a great amount of time to train your dog so that they will be the most anxiety free they have ever been when the big booms start.

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