How To Keep Your Dog Calm During Fireworks From Your Highlands Ranch Pet Sitter

Many dogs are startled from loud noises. The lawnmower, a vacuum, and even a hair dryer can cause some dogs anxiety. With the Fourth of July just a couple of days away, many pet parents are anxious themselves about how to handle their dog when the fireworks start. Tip number one: don’t be anxious!

Keep Calm And Grill On:

The more calm you are when the fireworks start, the more likely your pet will be calm. If you are scared or annoyed with fireworks, your pet may feed off your feelings. Your body language will tell your pet how to react.

Turn On The Radio:

Turning on the radio or TV will allow your pet to hear noises that are probably familiar and comforting. Many pet owners have turned on the TV to drown out the fireworks noise and say it has helped their pet.

Distract With Treats:

Toys and treats are very comforting for fearful pets. Dogs love a Kong ™ treat as they can lick peanut butter out of a Kong ™ for a while during fireworks. Bones, rawhides, and similar treats can offer the dog a longer distraction that just a chewable treat.

Keep Your Dog In His Comfort Zone:

Don’t push your dog to be “ok” with the fireworks. This will only make the noise worse for him and at this point you might be annoyed that your dog isn’t calm. Giving your dog space and not punishing him will allow your dog to stay in his comfort zone.

Use Calming Oils Or Other Products:

Lavender is very safe for dogs and can be used on their collar to calm them during fireworks and storms. Use 2-5 drops depending on the size of the dog directly on the collar to calm him or her during the fireworks. There are also soft natural chews that can help. The Thundercoat ™ also helps and needs to be put on the dog prior to the firework show.

Keep the doors secure!

Do NOT bring your dog outside if he or she doesn’t like fireworks and has a tendency to run away when he is scared. Secure your gates and home. The Fourth of July is the NUMBER ONE day/evening that dogs run away from home.

Remember: these tips only work if they are used before fireworks start! Not all of the suggestions will work on every dog.

Please try your best NOT to pick up your dog! They will relate the fireworks to you picking them up and will expect it everytime. They need to understand that the noise is not dangerous, just loud.

Please note: many experts have said that “soothing” your dog during storms/fireworks is counter-productive. This will make your dog think there is danger, when in reality there is not.

Is your dog scared of fireworks? What do you do? Feel free to comment!

Highlands Ranch Pet Sitter Knows How To Prevent And Get Rid Of Fleas

Why Is Your Pet So Itchy?

Warmer weather=FLEAS. Fleas = itchy, scratchy dogs and cats, and some who will have a more acute reaction than others. As a pet sitter in Highlands Ranch, we know dogs especially (because they are outside more) can suffer from these pesky mites! So, what should dog and cat parents do to keep the itching at at bay.

  1. Make sure that your dogs and cats are flea-treated by a strong medication such as Frontline or Revolution.
  2. Give your pets a flea bath. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS on the bottle! Do not simply wash and rinse. Most shampoos are supposed to be left in/massaged in for at least 3 minutes.
  3. Comb your pets over a white towel and see if any black mites fall onto the towel. If so, they are probably fleas. REMEMBER: fleas JUMP! If they move, they are fleas.
  4. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. I know, it’s not a fun chore, but sucking up those little bugs and throwing them in the trash is one of the best ways to get rid of them. Make SURE you throw the trash out! Do not simply empty the vacuum in to the indoor trash and leave it. Empty it to the outside trash, or if you empty into the indoor trash, take out the whole trash bag.
  5. Spray the yard. Fleas come from the OUTSIDE, and killing them before they jump on your pet when he or she is in the yard is the best prevention.
  6. CONTINUE treatment for your pets! Do not do the above suggestions once. Vacuum every day (especially if you have carpet), and bathe/brush your pet once a week.

Fleas breed and keep breeding……they are killed easily and can cause major distress in your pets. The best way for your pets to not get fleas, is to prevent them by treating your yard, your home, and your pets on a regular basis.