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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Fear of Noise

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor

Many dogs are fearful of loud, sudden noises. Thunder and fireworks can reduce a dog to a quivering, whining wreck who does not calm down until the noise has gone away.

There is hope, however! One way to help your dog calm down is to purchase a Thundershirt. The idea behind this product resulted from the work of Temple Grandin, an autistic scientist. The Thundershirt will wrap your dog snugly which will reduce his anxiety, somewhat. This product can be emulated by wrapping him snugly in an old tee shirt, preferably one that has your smell on it. This provides an extra layer of comfort.

CBD oil is a product that is quite effective in calming both animals and humans! A few drops of the oil behind the ears and on the tummy will give your dog immediate relief. Likewise, rubbing a drop or two onto your pulse-points will relieve your anxiety!

Before the next thunder storm or the Fourth of July you can desensitize Fido by helping him associate loud noises with a positive reward. Softly play the sounds of trash trucks, fireworks, and thunderstorms on your cell phone while he is eating or while you are giving him a treat. Gradually increase the volume until he is able to eat without reacting to the noise. At the first indication of stress, turn the volume down. Although this method takes time it will work eventually!

ThPlease remember to bring your pets indoors for Fourth of July celebrations! Do not leave them outdoors to suffer the noise of fireworks!

If you have questions about any dog-related issue please call or text me at 856.981.8957 or email brotherofthewolf@live.com. There is never a fee for non-contact advice!

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn O Watson

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