In collaboration with YuCALM
Doc has been in a weird mood lately. We think something out there has spooked him. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, you will be familiar with what he’s like – over-excitable, over-friendly and loves, loves, loves the outdoors. As soon as he sees the door open, he’ll be out as if he’s bum is on fire.
Doc having fun in the garden with a baking tin he found somewhere.
Lately though, you’ll have to literally drag him outside even in the morning, unless he knows you’re following too. And if by chance you come in before him, he’ll whimper by the door till you let him in. If not, he’ll find his way in, even if it means squeezing through the small window in our boot room.
Something has definitely spooked him and we’re worried about what he’ll be like on Bonfire Night.
Thankfully we were provided the following tip by YuCALM and Lintbells National Dog Happiness Survey and we thought we’d share it with you lovely folks, especially for those who are dog owners too:
Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Pet Owners on Bonfire Night:
1. Do – keep your dog safe indoors and ensure they have identification such as a registered microchip and a collar with a disc including your contact details: 37% of survey respondents said their dogs are likely to react to stress by running away.
2. Do – provide a safe hiding place indoors (such as a tent or pet bed in a quiet, secluded part of the house): 56% of dog owners told Lintbells that their dogs tend to react to stress and anxiety by cowering or hiding.
3. Do – act calmly and normally, providing too much fuss can reinforce the idea that there is something to be afraid of.
4. Do – make sure the environment is safe if your dog starts to react in an uncharacteristic way: 13% of survey respondents said their dogs become destructive when stressed.
5. Don’t – keep the house in silence, a radio or TV can help mask the noise of fireworks.
6. Don’t – leave your dog alone at night if at all possible: 21% of survey respondents felt that being left alone was stressful for most dogs and in fact it’s estimated that up to 80% of dogs suffer from some form of separation anxiety when their owners are absent.*
7. Do – draw the curtains or blinds and if necessary drape over additional fabric to muffle noise and flashes of light.
8. Do – take your dog for a long walk during the day so they are more likely to rest or sleep in the evening.
9. Do – think about using a supplement or other aid to help your dog feel calm and relaxed.
10. Do – ask your vet or certified animal behaviourist for advice about longer term training which can include desensitisation (helping your dog to become accustomed to triggers over time by slowly building up their exposure) and counter conditioning (helping your dog to start associating a fearful event with positives rather than negatives).
Doc was also given a YuCALM pack which consisted of the following lovely items: A blanket for comfort, a new toy for exercise, a dental cotton bone for play, some doggie treats and lastly some vitamin supplements to help with doggie stress.
And there’s Doc with his guilty look which he’s perfected over the years, even though he hasn’t done anything. Btw, that lovely blanket will be shredded to pieces in the morning hey-ho.
He absolutely loves his dental-chewy toy. Doc says woof! Thank you!
Do you worry about your dogs or pets on bonfire night too?