7 Products to Help your Dog Stay Calm During Fireworks / Thunderstorms
Does your pooch run for the bathtub when Fourth of July fireworks start exploding outside? Does your pupper jump into your lap when loud thunder rips through the sky? Do you have to create a makeshift bed in the laundry room on July 4th & December 31st because your giant dog runs there to hide during fireworks celebrations? (see above picture)
Here’s a collection of products that may help decrease the anxiety levels in man’s best friend:
1. The ThunderShirt
This is probably one of the more popular animal anxiety shirts for canines. While this solution won’t work for everyone, many pet owners report positive results using this form of deep pressure therapy to calm their dog during stressful times. The sport version pictured above is designed with more breathable fabric than the original, ideal if your pooch sweats a bit.
2. Soundproofing Blanket for Crates
If you crate trained your dog and they run there for safety when loud noises pop up, you can use an industrial blanket to dampen the noises outside the crate. Just wrap the blanket over the top of the crate to absorb the noise as well as darken the interior of the crate for a calm, pleasing environment.
3. Dog Treats with Hemp Oil
I can’t even trick my dog into eating hemp oil treats by balling it into cheese, but many dog owners swear by these treats and this brand seems to be popular with dogs. Similar to the effects of CBD oil on dogs, the hemp extract is designed to lower anxiety levels and keep your pupper stress free during loud events. Be sure to check with your veterinarian if you have any dietary concerns about the safety of these treats.
4. Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy
Also ideal for early crate training, the Snuggle Puppy is a soft, stuffed animal that includes a simulated pulsing heartbeat and a heat source to keep your dog calm and help with separation anxiety. Of course, if your dog rips apart all their toys, you may want to skip it so they won’t tear apart the heat pack.
5. Pet Tunes Bluetooth Speaker w/ Calming Music
While this won’t work with every dog, having music or the television on while fireworks or thunder is happening outside can distract them. That’s the concept behind Pet Tunes, a small bluetooth speaker that plays calming, canine music on a 90-minute loop. You can also find pet calming music on YouTube if you want to rig up your own speaker / music player.
6. DOGTV (Streaming or Cable)
DOGTV is a channel made specifically for dogs, perhaps ideal for dog owners that have to spend lots of time away from home. Also working as a distraction during fireworks / storms, the relaxation programming can help chill your pop out during stressful times. If your cable / satellite provider doesn’t offer it, you can subscribe to the streaming channel on platforms like Roku, Fire Tv or Apple TV. ($5 a month)
7. Sentry Calming Collar
Utilizing pheromones to calm your dog, the collar supposedly reduces excessive barking as well as chewing / peeing in the home. This is probably one of the most hit or miss products on this list (according to customer reviews), but the relatively inexpensive price makes it one of the cheaper experiments in reducing anxiety.