8. How to comfort your dog during fireworks and thunderstorms
Why it’s concerning: Everyone loves fireworks—but they can be stressful for anxious dogs, who can’t always distinguish Roman candles from a battlefield.
Solution: If you know your dog is sensitive to loud noises, it’s probably best to leave him at home and set the TV to a familiar channel or play soothing music while you’re gone to help keep her calm, especially if fireworks are likely to go off in your area. Another option: The American-made ZenCrate, which plays soothing music and runs a quiet fan when it’s occupied. (It also doubles as a handsome side table.) Robotics engineers created the ZenCrate to help dogs with thunderstorm anxiety via sound therapy and vibration-dampening technology to provide a safe space. While it’s pricey ($450), the company does take returns as long as the crate isn’t damaged. You can also add on their Wi-Fi camera for an additional $85.]
For a more affordable solution, consider other anti-anxiety pet products. “When it comes to fireworks and loud noises such as summer thunderstorms, I would suggest purchasing a ThunderShirt,” a dog anxiety vest, suggests Ziering. “It’s designed to reduce anxiety through compression techniques and create a feeling of security for the dog.” ($39.95, available at ThunderShirt.com)
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